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Hunting clubs learn to raise numbers of deers in Primorye

23 november 2018
On November 21-22 ноября the Primorsky Province Wildlife Management Department together with WWF held a seminar for hunting clubs to train them how to increase the number of red deer, roe deer and sika deer in response to a possible threat of the African swine fever which can lead to a dramatic drop of wild boars population.

The field seminar gathered 15 hunting clubs’ heads and took place in Sinegorye (meaning Blue Mountains) and Fauna hunting leases which WWF has been cooperating with since 2000 putting in practice methods for raising ungulates numbers and thus regarded by WWF as model hunting clubs.

Field seminar in Primorye
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«Ungulates management in the Far Eastern hunting leases is one of the important elements for conservation of rare and game animals. Considering that 80% of the Amur tigers inhabit these territories it becomes clear that only cooperating with hunters we can save ungulates, a main tiger prey, under the severe conditions. One of them is epizooty. Here we are under the constant threat of hog plague though lately the Africa swine fever added. Now is registered in China but most likely sooner or later it will come our way. If this happens we can lose wild boar. Therefore, it is the hunters who can raise and safeguard alternative to boar ungulates such as red deers, roe deers and sika deers. Another possible extreme situation is a climatic one. Severe snowfalls which happen with increasing frequency are a serious challenge for ungulates. For instance, the 40 cm deep snow is critical for roe deer and sika deer – the animals can die off. In this tough environment, the undulates should be supplementary fed and effectively protected which is done by hunting clubs staff alone», comments Pavel Fomenko, head of rare species conservation unit at WWF Russia Amur branch, an honored worker of nature conservation in Russia.

This year WWF has supported creation of six supplementary feeding complexes in Severnaya (meaning Nothern), Sinegorye, and Fauna hunting estates. This is a good example to follow by other clubs in their effort to save animals.

Preparation for ungulates supplementary feeding started in autumn in Severnaya Hunting Club
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Supplementary feeding station in Severnaya Hunting Club started working

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