(c) Land of the Leopard
Dear supporters, below we present you the report on activities of the law enforcement team protecting the Amur leopard habitat. We thank you for your donations that made this work possible!
In June 2019, the team of central subordination carried out 26 anti-poaching patrols and made ambushes in order to deal with poachers who hunt deer over salt-licks. A new ranger, Evgeny, joined the team on June 17.
On June 8, the team together with the Northern team set forth on a multi-day patrol during which the rangers patrolled on foot and made ambushes around salt licks. They made a stop near the Nezhinka River.
On June 9, the rangers heard a sound of engine and made an ambush. Later on, they saw a vehicle approaching the ambush site. The rangers made an attempt to block the road and stop the vehicle, but the violator was not about to stop. Instead, he continued driving his car and even hit one of the rangers. Luckily the ranger was not hurt seriously. The violator speeded up, destroyed the blockage, and disappeared. A criminal case was initiated according to the article 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The violator and the vehicle were identified.
On June 11, while patrolling around Bamburovsky firing range the team discovered a hemp field and a salt lick. It was decided to set a camera trap close to the hemp field in order to find out who had a hand in those illegal activities.
On June 11, the team discovered a salt lick that was frequently visited by wild animals. It was decided to carry out surprise visits there on a regular basis. Up to date, no violators were spotted there.
On June 25, the team saw a car parked near the border of the Land of the Leopard National Park. When the rangers came closer to the car, a drunken man got out of it and asked the rangers not to go into the forest. The rangers decided to check what was happening in the forest and followed the foot prints. When they heard a sound of a chainsaw, they thought that illegal loggers were working there. But later, the rangers met hivers who were mowing round the territory. As it turned out, they had approvals to work there.
In late June there was rainy weather, therefore the team mostly patrolled by vehicle and made ambushes near the rivers.
No conflict cases between people and big predators were recorded.
In July, the team continued patrolling the assigned territory in order to prevent and reveal any crimes there. The rangers carried out 26 anti-poaching patrols. During the month, the rangers mostly made ambushes and patrolled on the Narva and Poima rivers. Also, the team monitored the territory of Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve in order to prevent ginseng root gatherers to enter the protected area. Probably due to showery weather in July no ginseng root gatherers were spotted. A few camera traps were installed by rangers at salt licks, but no violators were detained. Water level of local rivers increased due to incessant rains, therefore the rangers paid special attention to Narva, Poima and Barabashevka rivers.
On July 13, the rangers discovered a broken lock which was placed on barrier gates crossing a path towards the Narva River. It was decided to make ambushes there, but no violator was apprehended.
While patrolling along the Narva River, the rangers discovered a salt-lick and decided to make ambushes there. They spent a few patrol days there, but no violators were spotted. No violator’s footprints were found. A camera trap was set up andhidden in order to get a better understanding of what goes on there.
(c) Land of the Leopard