Local people help fight poaching in Tyva Republic
spring Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina nature reserve and voluntary rangers of the
Mongun-Taiginsky region of the Tyva Republic had 3 joint raids in the protected
zone of the reserve, destroyed 4 traps and 8 snares in the habitats of snow
leopards and Altai mountain sheep - rare flag species of Altai-Sayan Ecoregion,
examined 10 cars and checked 27 people, conducted interviews with 28 local
residents. The rangers talked with local people about the hunting rules and
responsibility for poaching, drew up 14 protocols on an administrative offense.
checking a camera trap in one of the settlements, inspectors and volunteers
found footage of a snow leopard that had passed here the day before the arrival
of the community members. In the morning, while patrolling the territory, the
raid participants suddenly saw a snow leopard through binoculars with their own
eyes. An animal noticed people and left, most likely, it was the same snow
leopard, which was captured by an automatic camera.
voluntary brigade to combat poaching, with focus on snow leopard, was
established in Mongun-Taiginsky district of the Tuva Republic in 2020. The area
is one of the key habitats of the rare snow leopard in Tuva. The work of local
volunteers is coordinated by the protection department of the Ubsunurskaya
Kotlovina nature reserve. Volunteers together with rangers patrol the territory
of the region, install and check automatic cameras, report on the encountered
environmental violations - traps, snares, poachers.
Last year WWF with support of the Presidential Grants Foundation donated field uniforms, binoculars, a camera, camera traps, backpacks, and other equipment as well as fuel for raids to the voluntary rangers. Moreover, the community activists were trained on the basics of legislation and raiding activities.