#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In Taimyr, the region’s Ministry of Ecology, the Federal Center for the Development of Hunting Economy, the Central Siberian Biosphere Reserve and the Siberian Federal University continue aerial census of the wild reindeer number. Such a full-scale survey of ungulates on the peninsula has not been carried out since 2014.
The work is carried out in two directions at once – west and east. The fly-overs showed that the herds of deer are dispersed evenly throughout the entire central part of the peninsula; more than 100 thousand ungulates are photographed.
As noted by the head of the expedition from the Siberian Federal University, Alexander Savchenko, individuals make groups. The first large herds of females with calves can be observed 180 kilometers from Hatanga in the western part of the surveyed area.
“In the eastern part of the lake Taimyr’s western coast there are large herds of males. The number of deer with large antlers is quite high, and the proportion of calves in places where females are concentrated is also high. Reindeer with cut antlers were not seen in close-up shots”, he said.
Scientists have identified the main places of deer concentration in the western part of Taimyr. In total, they will have to survey an area of 370 thousand square kilometers on two planes.
“Today, aerial accounting is one of the most accurate methods that allows conducting research in a short period of time. We will receive full information on the state of the wild reindeer population at the end of this year”, added Nikolay Maltsev, head of the state hunting supervision department of the regional Ministry of Ecology.
Earlier we wrote that the Hatanga tundra people would create a municipal reindeer herding enterprise.
Text: Mikhail Tuaev, Photo: open sources