Those caught stealing chickens in Abkhazia, a female leopard will hold «under arrest»

© Fotolia / mrisvПереднеазиатский leopard. Archival photoThose caught stealing chickens in Abkhazia, a female leopard will hold «under arrest»© Fotolia / mrisv

Those caught stealing chickens in Abkhazia rare near Eastern female leopard Victoria to keep «under arrest» in the center for the restoration of the leopard in the Caucasus near Sochi, according to the Ministry of natural resources.

As previously reported, in November one of the rarest Persian leopards, three species of which were released in 2016 from the Sochi nursery, was caught in Abkhazia. The animal was a female Victoria, which moved from the territory of the Caucasian reserve, came to the village of Lykhny, where for some time fed on chickens with private backyards of residents. The animal was caught by local residents later placed in a specially made cage, and then transported by employees of the Ministry of natural resources data recovery of the leopard in the Caucasus.

«Re-release on the territory of the Caucasian reserve (Krasnodar Krai) female leopard of Victoria can be carried out until mid-December 2017», — stated in the message.

Currently the animal is under the supervision of the chief veterinarian of the Moscow zoo, Mikhail Aldinacka. The predator in the next two weeks will be spent re-analysis of blood, examination for infectious and other diseases, as well as the ultrasound study.

Persian leopards were released into the wild in the Caucasus is to restore populations in the mountains of the Caucasus state biosphere reserve in mid-July 2016. Three pioneers who went into the forests of the Caucasus, were males Akhun and Killi and the female Vic, grown in the heart of the recovery of the leopard in Sochi.

The Persian subspecies of leopard earlier lived on the territory from the North Caucasus to the red sea and from the Bosporus to India. However, in the twentieth century its distribution has decreased significantly. Currently, in the Caucasus this species of leopards almost never occurs. He is listed in the Red book as an endangered species.

Program to restore the Persian leopard in the Western Caucasus was initiated in 2009, Vladimir Putin. It is the Ministry of natural resources with participation of the Sochi national Park, Caucasus nature reserve, Institute of ecology and evolution RAS, Moscow zoo and WWF, and facilitated by the International Union for conservation of nature (IUCN) and the European Association of zoos and aquaria (EAZA).

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