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Amur tiger habitat threatened due to gold mining
Environmentalists are opposed to the development of a new gold deposit in the Khabarovsk Territory. It is located in the territory where one of the largest groups of the Amur tiger lives. Specialists are sure that the Red Book predators will not be able to coexist with the mining enterprise and will leave these places.
According to the press service of the Greenpeace Russian branch, Pacific Mining is about to begin development of the field in the upper Obor and Durmin rivers. Both are crucial for tiger migration. According to experts of the Institute of Water and Environmental Problems of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, if drilling and blasting operations are to begin on this territory, GOK, power lines, roads are built, then the Red Book animals cannot exist near them.
Scientists remind - according to the strategy for the conservation of the Amur tiger in Russia, a predator can adapt to almost any form of human economic activity, with the exception of the development of minerals. According to them, the exploration and mining of gold in the upper reaches of the Obor and Durmin rivers contradict the federal laws "On Environmental Protection" and "On the Animal World."