The participants WWF’s workshop caught four poachers
The workshop organized by the WWF to train regional PAs’ staff in Tuva was attended by 35 rangers. The most exciting thing was the patrolling field trip to Balgazynskiy Chatygayskiy sanctuaries in Tuva Republic.
In Balgazynskiy sanctuary the patrolling group members found people poached «from under the lights». This method of hunting is prohibited and considered as one of the most barbaric: in the darkness disoriented animals blinded with headlights become an easy prey for poachers. Rangers get violators unawares by taking their car into the circle. After that PAs’ rangers had withdrawn the headlight and rifles.
Another group of poachers was found at Lake Chatygay. Violators were putting nets in the lake what is prohibited by the law during the spawning season. All violators will be punished according to the Administrative Code and have to pay a fine.
Except practical knowledge the workshop participants have learned about new legislation on PAs and know how to put down the protocols on the site. Before changes in the laws they don’t have such authority and never did it. The main trainer of the workshop was Mikhail Kreindlin, PAs’ program manager of Greenpeace Russia.
“There is a high level of poaching in Republic indeed”, - shared sad statistics the Minister of Nature resources and Environment Chaizu Kyrgys. She promised to lobby the local by-laws which have to consolidate the powers of rangers to put down the violation protocols on the in-situ.