Yakutia 24 TV channel with the reference to TASS: Over 87,7 million rubles are planned to be assigned for protection and recruitment of wild reindeer in the republic before the end of 2024.
It is reported that today the republic is home to about 160 thousand individuals of wild reindeer, but their number is gradually declining. The number of animals is affected by hunting for example, and hunting is the basis of the traditional way of life of indigenous peoples of North.
A specially protected natural area (SPNA), created in the Bulun region in the North of Yakutia, will protect wild reindeer from humans during calving, when these animals are most vulnerable.
“The type of the Bulun protected area has not yet been determined; most likely, it will be a resource reserve. It is necessary in order to preserve animals during calving, summering and feeding of young animals, for hunters and vehicles not to bother them at this time,” said Deputy Head of the Department of Hunting and Protected Areas of the Republic Alexey Chemezov.
Until 2012, three large populations of wild reindeer inhabited the territory of Yakutia – the Yana-Indigirka, Sundurun and Lena-Olenek. The number of the latter two is not alarming, but the Yana-Indigirka, once the largest in the region, has declined by more than 50 times over the past 30 years.
“The region has developed a plan for the protection and restoration of the number of wild reindeer, which requires more than 87,7 million rubles by the end of 2024,” the report says.