31 Aug '17, 7pm

Collateral damage: Snow leopards and trophy hunting in Kyrgyzstan

Collateral damage: Snow leopards and trophy hunting in Kyrgyzstan

A similar quota of 0.8 percent is applied to ibex licenses, which translates to a harvest of between 400 and 450 individuals per year. “According to the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, this number does not have a large impact on the population of the species overall,” Rysepekov wrote. The government’s estimates are not without controversy. According to the State Agency on Environmental Protection and Forestry, the number of Marco Polo sheep in Kyrgyzstan grew by 9.3 percent between 2012 and 2013 while the ibex population grew by 3.5 percent. “These numbers are falsified,” Shukurov said. “The government has been providing exaggerated population numbers to support the campaign against a hunting ban. Naturally, argali herds can only increase by 3 – 5 percent each year. It’s even lower for the ibex, just 1 percent.” Data from the government also show a dec...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/08/collateral-damage-snow-...

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