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In the Khabarovsk Territory will count the Amur tigers
In winter, 2014-2015 years in the Khabarovsk Territory will be a continuous record of the Amur tiger population. Such a large-scale study of the number of these wild cats is held once in 10 years, the press service of the Khabarovsk Krai Government reports.
According to Deputy Minister of Natural Resources of the Territory Viktor Bardyuk, the registration will begin with the appearance in the forests of constant snow cover.
“The work will be organized and carried out by the most experienced game users, staff members of the Hunting Committee of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Territory and the regional service for the protection of protected natural areas and wildlife. The study of tiger tracks, compilation of observation sheets and their analysis - everything will be done in a “manual” mode, ”said Viktor Bardyuk.
The researchers will be given some help from the photo traps established in the province on some migration routes of the Amur tiger. To date, such cameras operate on the territory of Anyui National Park, as well as near the rivers Durmina and Matai in the area. Lazo.
“It is not advisable to introduce other technical means for observing tigers. In particular, we do not use radio collars on purpose. According to statistics, tigers in such collars die more often. Difficult terrain does not allow effective use of such devices as drones, ”the deputy minister explained.
Continuous accounting of the Amur tiger population will last until the end of February 2015. The specialists will need about three months to summarize all the data obtained.
Today, the number of Amur tigers living in the Khabarovsk Territory is estimated at 70-80 individuals.