Environmentalists recalculate deer reserve in Khakassia

Environmentalists Khakas Reserve first time by using camera traps poschityvayut number of red deer — deer on one of the remote parts of the reserve, in the mountain taiga area Small Abakan, reported Thursday on the websites of national parks in the Altai-Sayan ecoregion.

Mara — one of the largest subspecies of deer lives in the mountain and foothill areas of the taiga. It is believed that the antlers and the blood of these animals have unique healing properties. In the XIX century, in pursuit of their neokostenevshimi horns, which were very expensive, almost killed by poachers this animal.

With pictures planned to find out the approximate number of deer in the reserve area, to identify the dates of the beginning of spring and autumn migrations, the nature of diurnal visit salt licks and much more. It is also interesting to know all the species composition of animals visiting the salt and the frequency of their visits, "- says the experts.

"For the first month of the camera traps research department staff reserve" Khakassia "received more than 25,000 images of different species of animals visiting the salt licks in the buffer zone of the site. As the first shots, the list of animals visiting the salt licks, one Maral not limited. Been on solonetz and roes , and bears, and, though rare, wild boars, and even rabbits and squirrels, "- says the statement.

Because consider deer in several ways: on roar, in places seasonal aggregations or where frequent visits (eg solonetz), ecologists have chosen the latter method of accounting, and installed camera traps in several solonetzes within the buffer zone of the reserve area.

"It is particularly fortunate that the camera was able to capture on solonetzes elk — it is very rare at the moment kind of large hoofed animals listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Khakassia," — said the deputy director of the reserve for Science Inna Maymanakova.

Camera traps in the area of "Small Abakan" will work all summer and fall.

It is believed that the automatic camera or camera traps almost frightened animals during shooting. Environmentalists point out that some of the visitors to the cameras show solonetzes fairly lively interest — sniff, look at the camera and even try to taste.

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