In Sochi, told about the fate caught stealing chickens female leopard

© Fotolia / mrisvПереднеазиатский leopard. Archival photoIn Sochi, told about the fate caught stealing chickens female leopard© Fotolia / mrisv

A female Persian leopard named Victoria, was caught in October in Abkhazia for stealing chickens, will release back into the wild in the last week of December, the animal has successfully passed re-certification in the Sochi Centre for the recovery of the leopard in the Caucasus, the report said, ANO «Center of nature of the Caucasus.»

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 yards.

Victoria was caught by local residents, then placed in a specially made cage. Later employees of the Ministry of natural resources moved her to the center of the recovery of the leopard in the Caucasus, where Victoria had to re-take the exam on the degree of readiness for independent life in the natural environment.

As noted by the Deputy Director General for environmental activities of ANO «Center of nature of the Caucasus» Natalia Vavilov, Victoria coped brilliantly with the test on the natural fear of a wild animal in front of a man. Moreover, during the test, she increased the distance between her and the man of ten times, compared with their results in 2016, this is a very good indicator.

Leopard is scheduled to release in the same area as in 2016, when she first left the recovery Center of the leopard in the Caucasus in Sochi. On a wild cat while the survey was already wearing a satellite collar, which will allow scientists to ensure that Victoria did not come close to human settlements.

«Victoria coped well with the tests on the hunt. Interest in livestock it does not show, so I hope that we will be able to release it early next week. Now it is not possible to do weather conditions… In the territory of the Caucasian reserve in the framework of the Program of reintroduction of the Persian leopard in the Caucasus was created all the conditions for keeping livestock of the forage base for predator. Last year Victoria there successfully wintered and hunted. With the collar, we had the opportunity to collect information about the hunt and catch prey. If she stays in these areas, the problems should not to arise» — are words in the message Vavilova.

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 Killy, and also female Victoria, 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 endangered.

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).