Inspectors are concerned Maritime reserves the increasing incidence of occurrence in protected areas poachers use helicopters, said at a press conference Wednesday in Ussuriysk director KGBU "Maritime Administration PA" Oleg Shorskin.
"The problem of offenders who come into sanctuaries for helicopters is particularly acute in the Bikin River Valley, in particular, in Verhnebikinskom Reserve … They will not catch us," — said the director of administration.
According to him, the inspectors have found several cut helipads, where poachers prey to skin and salted meat. While hunting takes place primarily in the valley, as ungulates come here to drink.
"There, where they are hunted, not quickly get to, but because, ideally, the inspectors need a helicopter" — said Shorskin.
He said that for the operational control of such violators inspectors reserves requires at least two helicopters in the north and the south of Primorye, but to date buying air assets is not provided.
However, the Bikin River basin is a key habitat for the Amur tiger, is the main food — wild boar and roe deer. Extermination in the area ungulate populations is a direct threat to the rare predator.
Siberian tiger lives in the Russian Far East — the Khabarovsk and Primorsky regions. In the middle of the XIX century the predator population in Russia amounted to more than a thousand individuals. Predation and destruction of its habitat has led to the fact that for 100 years, the number of individuals was reduced to 50, and the Siberian tiger found in the 40-ies of XX century on the brink of extinction. After taking action population has increased. Recent surveys show that the number of predators stabilized at about 450 individuals.