Tiger tracks. (c) F. Borodina
In January, the inspectors conducted six many-day patrols along the periphery of the protected area and in the core area of the national park. While patrolling, the guardians spotted a lot of tracks left by various wild animals, namely red deer, sika deer, Amur tiger and others, which indicated a high wildlife density in the park. During a patrol from January 4th to January 8th the inspectors met a hunter and a group of tourists and asked them to follow the rules of fire safety in the forest and treat nature carefully. On January 29, during a routine patrol near the Pasechny stream the inspectors discovered signs of some construction activities. A few trees (aspen and birch trees) had been fallen supposedly for the foundation of a tree which hunters planned to use for illegal deer hunting. The inspectors made an ambush with hope to see the violators. Unfortunately, nobody appeared there.
In February, the inspectors carried out four many-day patrols. No violations were revealed.
In March, the inspectors conducted three patrols in the park. On March 25, a forest fire approaching the borders of the national park was detected. Thanks to prompt actions by the inspectors, the fire was put out immediately and prevented from spreading into the park. Besides anti-poaching activities in February and March, the inspectors also were involved in wildlife census.
In April, the inspectors carried out four patrols inside the protected area. During a patrol from April 18 to April 21, an illegally constructed helipad was discovered in the upper Chertov stream. It was decided to make ambushes there on a regular basis in order to apprehend violators; however nobody was sighted there. No other violations were revealed.
In May, the inspectors conducted seven anti-poaching patrols, during which they observed numerous wildlife tracks, cleared nature trails, and checked vehicles of holidaymakers entering the park. No violations were revealed.
In June, the inspectors patrolled the protected area on foot and by vehicle. On June 15, when patrolling along the north-western border near the Klyuchevaya river, the team found tracks left by a quad bike and a motorbike. Unfortunately, the inspectors failed to catch or determine the people who entered the Park illegally. On June 18, the team was constructing a feeding station for ungulates when they heard two gun shots. But they could not find out what had happened because they had no vehicle to patrol. On June 21, they spotted tracks left by a quad bike. The path was blocked up with trees to hinder the inspectors in the efforts to chase the violators.