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Thanks to your support the team continued to safeguard the Amur leopard habitat in the reported months. Below we present you a detailed report on their work.
In February, the team carried out 25 anti-poaching patrols to protect the Land of the Leopard National Park. In total, the team covered about 250 km. During the month, the rangers focused on conducting foot patrols and monitoring of forest fires. As a result, the rangers managed to detect a few incipient fires and immediately extinguish them.
While patrolling on foot along the Poima River, the rangers spotted a lot of ungulates, namely roe deer, deer, wild boars and discovered an artificial salt-lick. It was decided to put this area under observation in order to prevent any violations there.
In mid-February, the team received information about illegal logging. The rangers used a quadcopter to detect and take photos of illegal logging sites.
In mid-February, the temperature rose from minus 6 degrees Celsius (21.2 °F) to 8 degrees Celsius above zero (47 °F). The Khasan district was hit by strong winds with a maximum speed of 18 meters per second. It led to a series of ignitions. Thanks to joint efforts by rangers and rescue service staffers, all fires were extinguished.
In late February, during a foot patrol, the rangers found the remains of a dead animal which allegedly was killed by a poacher. Also, some signs of campfires and human presence were discovered. It was decided to put this area under regular observation by the team and make ambushes there.
In March, the team carried out 24 anti-poaching patrols to protect the Land of the Leopard National Park. The team was detecting, responding and monitoring forest fires. From the beginning till mid-March, the rangers detected forest fires almost every day. Also, some fires that started right on the territory of the national park were put out promptly. Some fires were also extinguished with snow which fell on those areas in mid-March. The snow significantly reduced forest fires, but fire outbreaks continued to occur. The team conducted foot patrols and night ambushes.
After shooting practice on Bamburovsky firing range, some ignitions occurred in the Land of the Leopard National Park. Upon arrival at the scene of an emergency, the rangers discovered that a manual barrier was destroyed, and access to the protected area was opened. The fire was put out immediately.
During a foot patrol on March 23, the team found an abandoned building with dead little deer. No signs of gunshot wounds on the body of the dead animal were discovered. Probably, the animal got there accidently and could not find its way out because of high walls of the building.
Between March 25 and 27, the rangers attended a drone seminar and refreshed their knowledge of basic rules for drone flights, learned about special programs that help use drones at night, and conducted test flights at various weather conditions.
In April, the team carried out 25 anti-poaching patrols to protect the Land of the Leopard National Park. During the month, the rangers paid special attention to foot patrols and ambushes. Also, the team continued fire monitoring on the territory of the national park.
When patrolling on foot near the Barabashevka River, the rangers discovered new places where trespassers entered the park. No signs of illegal activity were found.
When patrolling in the vicinity to Filippovka village, the rangers also discovered new places where local people entered the national park.
Later on, while patrolling near Filippovka village, the rangers found a deer skin. It was decided to take the territory under control. As a result, the rangers carried out foot patrols and mad night ambushes there on a regular basis.
During a foot patrol along the Narva River, the team spotted an Amur tiger. The animal was calm and did not show aggression.
Also, later on, the team encountered with a brown bear. The animal was frightened and run away.
In late April, when the team was patrolling on foot near Bamburoivsky firing range, the rangers found a deer skin and took the territory under control.