Pallas cats will look for in the Altay Nature Reserve in 2013

Scientists and environmentalists in 2013, will begin the search for a wild cat — Pallas in the Altay Nature Reserve, now we only know that it is the Red animal lives in the adjacent areas on the reserve, told RIA Novosti Director of Altai biosphere reserve Igor Kalmykov.

Manul entered in international and Russian Red Book. Scientists point out that in recent decades the number of Pallas in Russia decreased. The greatest influence on it have hunting, massive use of loops and traps to catch rabbits and foxes, the deterioration of food resources. According to the Red Book of Russia, within the RF manul distributed in Altai, Tuva, Buryatia, and the Trans-Baikal region.

Earlier coordinator Siberian Environmental Center (Novosibirsk) Anna Barashkova told the news agency that the population of wild cats in the Altai Mountains and began to recover at least 350-400 individuals. Pallas' Guide to Living on the reserve was not.

"In 2013, we will begin to seek and directed study manul in our reserve. I am sure that in the Altai preserve these wild cats have, and I think this line is a priority in the scientific activity of the reserve," — said the director of the reserve.

According to him, the living conditions of Pallas' cats, for example, in the Sayan-Shusha reserve are very similar to those in the Altai Reserve. Besides, this wild cat lives in the neighboring territories — in the Kosh-Agach region Altai, Tuva and possibly in Ulagan Altai Republic.

"Pallas Cat — very difficult to study species because it is night or twilight animal, and it is often difficult to see. A trace manul actually found only in the winter when there is snow. Moreover, its habitat is extremely remote, inaccessible, so the study of animal calls equipment separate expeditions "- said Kalmykov.

In recent times, said the official, the main efforts of the scientific department Altai reserve concentrated on the study of two types — Red snow leopard and argali (Altai mountain sheep). Kalmyks sure that it's time to pay more attention to other rare species, such as Manuli.

Altay Nature Reserve was established in 1932. He ranks second in Russia in species diversity of plants and animals after the Caucasus Nature Reserve. Altai Reserve and Teletskoye Lake, part of which is part of the nature reserve since 1998, is a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in the "Altai — Golden Mountains." In 2009, Altai reserve assigned Biosphere status.

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