In Chukotka can allow trophy hunting for bighorn sheep

© Photo : Vladimir Mosolov / the Kronotsky Zapovedniki sheep. Archive photoIn Chukotka can allow trophy hunting for bighorn sheep© Photo : Vladimir Mosolov / the Kronotsky reserve

The opening of «trophy» hunting for rare Yakut snow sheep, living in Chukotka, is real and will not harm the population with prior studies and confirm the growth of this species, reported RIA Novosti head of the Department for the protection and use of fauna of Chukotka Alexander Sheer.

Previously, the newspaper «Kommersant» reported that state Duma Deputy Vladislav Reznik, a member of the «club of mountain hunters», sent to the Deputy Minister of nature Ivan Valentik letter that proposes to assess the possibility of introducing in Russia «special programs» that allow trophy hunting for endangered species so that hunters in the future, funded the protection of these species. Resnick asked for the population dynamics of Altai mountain sheep, Chukchi population of the Yakut snow sheep subspecies, the Amur Goral, and Putorana snow sheep since they are recorded in the Red book.

Later, the head of the Duma Committee on ecology and environmental protection Vladimir burmatov has told RIA Novosti that the Committee is opposed to the possibility of hunting on red-listed animals. He also noted that the Ministry of environment supported the position of the Duma Committee on ecology in relation to the idea of hunting, the permission authority will not be given.

«The proposal of the Deputy (Reznik) it is highly controversial and ambiguous. In accordance with the law, Amateur and sport hunting, including the «trophy» of any species listed in the Red book of Russia and Red data books of subjects of the Russian Federation, is prohibited,» said Fatin.

«At the same time in case of exclusion of the species from the red book in connection with the research, in which it is determined that the total number of Chukchi population of the Yakut snow sheep increased in comparison with the recent study of the 1990-ies and has been a steady tendency to increase in the near term really opening limited «trophy» hunting,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

According to him, it is necessary to conduct appropriate research.

«Limited hunting permits with a differentiated exploitation of the bighorn sheep population in accordance with the materials monitor will not cause damage. It is necessary to refrain from the production of females with offspring of the current year, you do not shoot the valuable manufacturers in the age of 5-8 years. To practice shooting males 1-3 years old and older than 8 years, participating in breeding,» — said the expert.

The area the Yakut snow sheep is about 1.4 million kilometers. The animal found in the mountains of Kamchatka, Chukotka, in the mountains of Yakutia, Transbaikalia.