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~ Threats to the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve ~

ILLEGAL POACHING

Two primary threats to wildlife and nature conservation exist in Ikh Nart, including illegal hunting (or poaching) of animals and illegal mining.

Although strictly prohibited by Mongolian law, hunting occurs widely in protected areas throughout the country. In Ikh Nart, animals are illegally hunted for meat - especially ungulates such as Gazelle and Argali Sheep, and furs - particularly carnivores like Corsac and Red Foxes. Poaching of large carnivores including Wolves and Lynx also occurs to deter livestock depredation.

Mining for minerals or other natural resources in Ikh Nart is also illegal, but occurs. Miners typically seek amethyst quartz by digging open pit-mines. Mining operations are surreptitious in nature and often result in increased poaching as miners are often poorly provisioned.

In 2006, the reserve hired a team of wildlife rangers to reduce illegal poaching, enforce wildlife laws, and eradicate illegal mining.

 
Ranger with poached red fox © J. Murdoch  
 
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