THE AUTHORITIES OF THE REPUBLIC OF ALTAI PROPOSE A MORATORIUM FOR HUNTING OF THE SIBERIAN IBEX
The authorities of the Altai Republic have decided to introduce a three-year moratorium on Siberian ibex catch. WWF and the Head of the Altai Republic Oleg Horokhordin came forward with the initiative to introduce a moratorium on Siberian ibex hunting in Altai.
Back in 2020, after the census of the Siberian ibex population, WWF-Russia and environmental organizations of the Altai Republic proposed a moratorium on ibex hunting as one of the measures to protect the species.
This year, a wave of public outrage attracted special attention to the problem of preserving the ibex after a blogger from Moscow posted on Instagram from a trophy hunt in Altai. The publication with photographs of the killed ibex provoked a wave of criticism from local residents, and the problem attracted the attention of not only environmentalists, but also regional authorities. In the region, a survey was conducted of the population about the possibility of introducing a moratorium on the production of ibex.
The head of the Altai Republic, Oleg Horokhordin, on Wednesday, December 1, held a final meeting on the protection and reproduction of the Siberian ibex on the regional level.
According to the data announced at the meeting, as of December 1, 2021, environmental organizations carried out a census of the number of the species, and the preliminary number of ibex is 2413 individuals on lands and private hunting grounds in the region. The final results of the calculations will be announced after December 15th.
WWF Russia expects that the moratorium and an increase in the staff of hunting inspectors will help restore the number of ibex in the republic.