Arctic fox traveler escaped from scientists to Taimyr

Arctic fox traveler escaped from scientists to Taimyr

April 05, 2021

The animal became the first arctic fox to leave Yamal.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The experimental arctic fox Torsuy, which means Cautious, fled from the scientists from Yamal to the depths of the Taimyr peninsula.

According to, scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences Ural Branch’s Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology from Labytnanga are studying the migration of the arctic fox Torsuy. The animal twice left Yamal for the Gydan peninsula and returned. However, in the second half of March, the traveler headed deeper into Taimyr. Scientists say that Torsuy became the first arctic fox to leave Yamal. And now researchers are wondering if he will come back.

Torsuy’s migration route

This winter, residents of Norilsk often saw arctic foxes walking around the city, the animals were not afraid of humans.

According to the Taimyr Nature Reserves scientific department’s head, doctor of biological sciences Leonid Kolpashchikov, this atypical behavior of arctic foxes is associated with their high numbers with a low number of rodents.

“These seemingly cute animals pose a rather serious danger to humans and domestic animals. Mass migrations occur when there are few lemmings and voles in the tundra. During this period and in winter, the epizootic of wildness, a dangerous infectious disease, can be observed among arctic foxes. They randomly migrate, enter settlements, rush to people and domestic animals and die en masse”, said Leonid Kolpashchikov.

If you feed arctic foxes, they may stay at the territory for a long time, therefore, it is absolutely dangerous to feed them. If you see arctic foxes in a residential area, you must invite the veterinary service to catch the animals and take them outside the living area.

In recent years, the number of wolves has increased in the Taimyr tundra. Therefore, there are more cases when predators come close to settlements: they gnaw dogs, domestic deer and musk oxen.

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April 05, 2021

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