Poachers transporting more than 5 tons of reindeer antlers detained in Yakutia
As a result of the inspection, 2 protocols on administrative offenses and one criminal case under Article 258 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (illegal procurement of antlers) were drawn up. The documents were sent to the environmental and law enforcement agencies of the Olenek district for further investigation.
“Wild reindeer is a commercial species, and the basis of the life of many indigenous peoples of the north. Its barbaric extermination threatens the existence of the population and thus the lives of people completely dependent on the reindeer. Thanks to the help of our supporters, in the summer of 2018 we managed to set up inspectors' posts on the rivers where the deer cross them, which made it possible to prevent cases of mass poaching there. Another form of support was information exchange and the support of long-term raids by the state forest inspection service. And we are glad that our efforts are not wasted,” says WWF Arctic Program coordinator in the Taimyr Ecoregion Sergey Verkhovets.