Confiscated firearms
© WWF Russia
Confiscated firearms
A new car of Primorsky Province Hunting Department
© Hunting Departmnent
A new car of Primorsky Province Hunting Department
Supplementary feeding for wild ungulates in the model hunting club
© Pavel Fomenko / WWF Russia
Supplementary feeding for wild ungulates in the model hunting club
Nihgt raid of the Hunting Department
© Hunting Department
Nihgt raid of the Hunting Department

Primorsky Hunting Department recognized one of the best in Russia

Primorsky Province Hunting Department experience in organizing anti-poaching brigades is replicated nationwide by the presidential order.

The Primorsky Hunting Department work results over 2016 were recently summed up. In 2016, the staff of the Hunting Department and subordinate Directorate on Wildlife and Protected Areas Management detected 2533 violations of environmental legislation, confiscated 174 hunting gears including 112 firearms, as well as 129 illegally hunted ungulates. 26 reports were submitted to the investigative authorities to initiate criminal cases.

In general, the Department’ results have been significantly improved. For instance, in 2016, 61 irresponsible hunters were deprived of the right to hunt thus twice exceeding the same indicator for 2015 when only 29 hunters were punished likewise. Such “disqualification” proves to be the most efficient measure against poaching.

“In January, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia held a meeting devoted to the work of rapid response teams of Primorsky Hunting Department. The new head of the Department reported on forming and functioning of anti-poaching brigades. Right now this experience is used as an example to be disseminated and followed by all Wildlife and Hunting Management Departments in Russia. I am very glad that Primorsky Hunting Department is now considered a leader. It means that the efforts of the government and NGOs including WWF helped to organize the best wildlife and hunting management service in the Amur tiger and leopard habitat so that our rare cats can feel themselves safe”, comments Pavel Fomenko, head of rare species conservation unit at WWF Russia Amur branch

Primorsky Province Hunting Department has been actively collaborating with hunting resources users considering this a priority. The Department’s Administration understands that only developed and sustainable hunting clubs can ensure survival of rare animals and provide hunters with needed game. Thus, one of the important tasks of the Hunting Department is to work out the Development Strategy for the Hunting Industry in Primorye.

In 2016, the special Department’s group on conflict resolutions between humans and large predators checked 35 conflict spot reports. All the situations have been managed and minimized. Four Amur tigers were caught based on special permissions. One of these tigers has been released back into the wild while another animal is planned to be released very soon.

WWF Russia and the Amur Tiger Center have been actively supporting the Hunting Department in their efforts on saving the Amur tiger habitats and its prey base. The two NGOs conduct purpose-oriented seminars and trainings to perfect rangers’ skills and habits, to raise their knowledge in biology, game biology, psychology, and legal issues.

For additional information please contact

Pavel Fomenko, Projects Coordinator (WWF Russia Far-Eastern Branch),
tel/fax: +7 (4232) 41-48-68, e-mail
Elena Starostina, Press-officer (WWF Russia Far - Eastern Branch),
tel/fax: +7 (4232) 41-48-68, e-mail
 

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