During the summer season the inspectors were on duty at the inspectors’ stations of Zov Tigra National Park, conducting more than 30 foot patrols per month. The Park has currently has two motorcycles in its arsenal which allow the inspectors to patrol areas of backcountry. Now, the inspectors on motorcycles conduct off-road patrols through the Park’s brushy wilderness areas looking for people engaged in illegal activity. As a result, a number of revealed violations increased significantly. For example, six citations were issued during a patrol.
During the second quarter of 2011 the inspectors put out four forest fires in areas adjacent to the Park. The most intensive forest fire occurred on May 12. Thanks to timely measures the inspectors managed to prevent the fire from spreading into the national park.
In addition, the following measures were taken:
An extra fire water tank was dug out.
Forest roads were improved and four wooden bridges were built.
An additional feeding station for ungulates was set.
Eco-trails and paths used by the inspectors were cleared from fallen trees.
Eco-trails were marked with scarlet ribbons which help tourists to find their way and reach destinations.
In 2011, the Park’s staff faced some obstacles to patrol the area. Members of Medved (Bear) Hunters Society which hunting grounds abutting the Park tried to hinder the Park’s inspectors in their effort to enter the Park’s area. The point is that the hunters and inspectors use the only road which leads both to the hunting grounds and the Park. The hunters do not want tourists as well as the inspectors drive up the road and frighten wild animals away from their hunting grounds. That is one of the reasons the law-enforcement teams need ATVs to detour through the off-road. After winter sets in with its full severeness riding motorcycles would be impossible and the inspectors will need all-terrain vehicles to protect the habitat of endangered Amur tigers from poachers.
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