Ministry of Natural Resources asks to investigate illegal hunting snow leopards

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The Ministry sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office a photo posted in the internet, which depicted a hunter near an immobilized snow leopard with blood traces on the carcass and paws.

The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment asks the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office to verify the possible involvement of a Russian businessman in the snow leopard illegal hunting.

This was stated by the Ministry press service.

The Ministry sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office a photo posted in the internet, “which depicted a hunter near an immobilized snow leopard with blood traces on the carcass and paws.” The photo was sent via Facebook to Russian Ministry Head Sergey Donskoy by one of his subscribers.

Where leopard could have been killed

In the covering letter to the Prosecutor General’s Office, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Rinat Gizatulin asked to take measures stipulated by the legislation to confirm the image authenticity, to record a possible poaching case, identify the perpetrator, photographer, and other persons who may be involved in the red-listed animal illegal hunting.

“The area reminds the mountainous regions of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, where this unique predator lives,” stated the Ministry of Environment.

Gizatulin also requested the Russian representative of the Interpol to initiate an international investigation into the animal killing, to identify possible involvement of Russian citizens and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Nature Conservation is instructed to carry out an analysis of photographs to determine the necessary data about the age, sex and weight of the animal depicted in the picture. The Ministry of Environment expects that the competent authorities of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will hold investigative work to establish all the circumstances of the murder.

SNOW LEOPARD. INFORMATION

The Snow leopard, or uncia, is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central Asia. Currently, the population of snow leopards is catastrophically small. In the 20th century it was listed in the Red Book of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and in the Red Book of the Russian Federation.

Text and pictures by TASS