The cases of poaching at specially guarded territories decreased over the last 2-3 years in Armenia, representative of Armenian Nature Protection Ministry Aram Agayan said at press-conference.
He said, in particular, that no case of illegal hunting has been registered in Khostov reservation. He also added that today the relevant territories are guarded rather effectively, as the conditions of the relevant services have been improved much, and salary of employees of these services has been increased. He also said that poaching cases has sharply decreased outside of the guarded territories as well.
At the same time, as the head of WWF-Armenia Karen Manvelyan reiterated many times, the poaching problem is still relevant today. For instance, 1-2 leopards are killed by poachers in Armenia every year. The WWF has been implementing the programme on protection these animals since 2002, but they are still hunted outside the guarded territories. Leopard is not the only 'IUCN Red List' victim of poachers. Every year ecologists fix cases of hunting mouflons and Persian wild goats. Incidentally, it is not for the first year that local and international organizations are trying to draw the attention of Armenian Nature Protection Ministry to the fact that announcements are placed at various web sites about the hunt tours in Armenia to hunt the animals involved in IUCN Red List, for instance - www.safariinternational.com, which openly invites to hunt mouflons and Persian wild goats, which cost 7900 - 8900 EUR. FAUNA SAFITY: OFFICIALS SAY POACHING CASES DECREASED IN ARMENIA
Siranuysh Gevorgyan, ArmeniaNow
Armenia’s Nature Protection Ministry states that cases of poaching have decreased in Armenia within recent years as a result of stricter inspection control and high fines.
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