Help Save rarest 100 Amur Leopards from Extinction

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Help Save rarest 100 Amur Leopards from Extinction
Help Save rarest 100 Amur Leopards from Extinction
Help Save rarest 100 Amur Leopards from Extinction
Sep 23, 2022

Leopard protection in summer 2022

(c) Land of the Leopard
(c) Land of the Leopard

In June 2022, the task force of the central subordination carried out raid activities on the territory of the Land of the Leopard National Park. The goals and objectives of the work remained the same: identification and prompt suppression of violations of environmental legislation in the territory of the national park.

For a month, the priority task of the team was to search for the places where violators install special structures (“salt licks”) for feeding ungulates. Additional, but no less important tasks of the team were aimed at protecting the water area of the Far Eastern Marine Biosphere State Nature Reserve. Under special control was the Gamow Peninsula and a 500-meter protected zone on land along the coastline of the Far Eastern Marine Biosphere Reserve. For greater coverage of the territory, rangers used quad bikes.

At the beginning of the month, the Day of the Ecologist was celebrated, on this day the Nerpichya Bay was cleared of debris. After cleaning, several members of the group were awarded certificates of honor in connection with the professional holiday "Environmentalist's Day".

The team of central subordination was on duty on a boat in the waters of the marine reserve, while the rest of the teams monitored the territory of the Gamovsky cluster. Thanks to the joint work of all rangers, violations of the rules for staying in the protected area were revealed.

Within a month, the team detained two divers in the area of the island of De - Livron and in the buffer zone of the marine reserve. Both offenders were taken to Salvation Bay, where reports were drawn up against them and their diving equipment was confiscated.

At the end of the month, a salt lick was discovered near the Narva River, several members of the team were sent into an ambush with a tent for 3 days. At this time, other rangers were sent to monitor the waters of the marine reserve.

The reserve "Kedrovaya Pad" did not remain without the attention of long-term foot raids and was under special control.

During this period, no conflict situations with tigers, leopards and other predators were recorded.

In July 2022, the team carried out raids on the territory of the Land of the Leopard Federal State Budgetary Institution. For a month, the priority task of the team remained the same - to search for and destroy the places where violators install “salt licks”. An additional, but no less important task was to clean up such rivers as Narva, Barabashevka, Brusya and Kedrovaya from traces of illegal activities of violators. Several fishing nets were destroyed. During the month, due to changes in weather conditions, regular rafting was carried out on the Narva and Barabashevka rivers.

Another important task was to work with seasonal offenders (tourists without special permits) in the marine reserve, the protected zone of the marine reserve and the Gamow cluster. The controlled territory on the Gamow Peninsula was divided into sections for the effective implementation of control and supervisory activities, for which the administrative department drew up a duty schedule for operational teams. Also, monitoring of the territory adjacent to Filippovka, Bamburovo and the area of the Narvinsky landfill was carried out to reveal the presence of seasonal violators (mushroom pickers and fishermen).

At the beginning of the month, training was conducted on the installation and updating of anti-poaching camera traps.

At the end of the month, the team was sent on a patrol to the area of the Poima River, where, according to the assumption, illegal activities were carried out. Despite unfavorable weather conditions, the rangers spent several days in ambush. During a planned foot patrol, an unknown citizen was noticed. After setting up an ambush, the team managed to detain the intruder. He carried an unregistered 16-gauge double-barreled shotgun of an unknown manufacturer and one brass cartridge. After compiling the administrative report, the violator was taken to the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in the Khasansky district.

In August, the team of central subordination continued patrolling the assigned territory jointly with other Park’s teams.

On August 11, during a foot patrol between Filippovka and Primorsky villages the rangers discovered quad bike tire tracks and took measures to prevent illegal entry by violators in future.

From August 15th through August 18th, the team conducted a joint patrol with the South team in order to prevent illegal gathering of ginseng roots. During the patrol, the rangers discovered a few abandoned camps. No violators were detained. The 4-day-patrol proved that people still illegally penetrate into Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve, and go not far from roads so that they could quickly leave the protected area to avoid being arrested. In the end of August, the team mostly patrolled along the Narva river. During one of such patrols, the rangers apprehended a man from Slavyanka town and issued an administrative citation. Also, while patrolling along the Pugachevka river, the team discovered and removed three fishing nets.

(c) Land of the Leopard
(c) Land of the Leopard
(c) Land of the Leopard
(c) Land of the Leopard
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Location: Vladivostok, Primorski Krai - Russia
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