(c) Land of the Leopard
Thanks to your continuous support, the Phoenix Fund carried on assisting the Land of the Leopard National Park’s administration in improving law enforcement efforts at the protected area.
In September, the team patrolled consisting of four rangers. Michail Rubai broke his leg and was on sick leave. The team paid special attention to spawning rivers, such as Narva, Poima, Kedrovka and Barabashevka rivers due to the start of spawning season. In the first half of September, cherry salmon run started. Thanks to good protection and heavy precipitation, fish could swim to the upper reaches of rivers where they spawn.
During one of patrols, the rangers detained violators on a motorbike near the Pugachevka River. They had a permit to visit the Land of the Leopard National Park, but did not have permission to enter by a car and park it on the protected area. An administrative citation was issued.
While patrolling the Barabashevka River, the team detained a man without a permit to visit the protected area. An administrative citation was issued on the violator.
In September, Sergei Ivanov Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport visited the Land of the Leopard National Park. All the teams, including the team of central subordination, demonstrated their skills.
Besides patrolling rivers, the team also regularly patrolled Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve and the territory of Gamov deer farm.
In October, the team patrolled paying much attention to spawning rivers. In all, the team conducted 25 anti-poaching patrols. About ten administrative citations were issued on unauthorized presence in the national park.
Special attention was paid to weekends and nighttime. The team of central subordination also assisted other teams patrolling on spawning rivers. Moreover, there were a number of joint patrols with fishing inspectors along the Narva River.
In October, two criminal proceedings were initiated against two poachers apprehended near Barabashevka River.
Besides patrolling along spawning rivers, the team also patrolled other territories of Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve and Land of the Leopard National Park in order to prevent trespassing. During one of those patrols, the team visited Bogataya Fanza Cave.
In November the team switched to an enhanced regime of forest protection due to the anticipated increase in poaching after the first snow.
Enhanced protection of the park’s territory primarily implied an increase in the number of road and foot patrols by rangers including conducting joint patrols with law enforcement agencies.
Last weekend a large-scale patrol was organized in the national park together with employees of the Vladivostok forestry of the Forestry Department of the Primorsky Territory.
During the survey the southern part of the Land of the Leopard was inspected. And although this time during the patrol no violations were revealed, active work in this direction will continue.
(c) Land of the Leopard