September 7, 2013. About 3 thousand saiga Betpakdala died in Akmola and Karaganda regions (central and northern Kazakhstan), said on Saturday the press service of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) of the country.
"About 1.5 thousand individuals found on the southern, western and northern shores of Lake Tengiz. Fallen antelopes are found in the lowland steppe areas, "- said in a statement.
The Ministry has assured that the fact of death of animals notified all interested state and local agencies.
"Currently, the subordinated services Committee of Forestry and Hunting MEP together with the staff of the Research Institute Biosafety Veterinary Karaganda region conducted a survey of places saiga mortality, efforts to establish the extent and causes of the accident," — said in a statement.
A working group, comprising representatives of relevant government agencies (the Department of Environment in Karaganda and Akmola oblasts, veterinary services, DES, DVD, and the sanitary and epidemiological supervision).
Saiga — cloven-hoofed mammal of the subfamily of these antelopes. In 2002, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the species was classified as critically endangered. Now antelopes are found only in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, with approaches to Turkmenistan in Russia (in Kalmykia and the Astrakhan region) and western Mongolia.