24 September 2019 - Russian researchers were devastated to discover that the Yenisei reindeer of the Taimyr Peninsula have completely disappeared. Their recent study also revealed that the Tarey group, which numbered 44,000 in 2017, now only amounts to a few thousand reindeer. These are just some of the impacts that climate change and poaching are having on the wild reindeer populations that live in the Taimyr Nature Reserve.
Mikhail Bondar is the Head of the scientific department of Taimyr Directorate of Nature Reserves. He said that strict state controls need to be placed on hunting. He feels they should close the hunt for one year.
Otherwise, the Taimyr population of wild reindeer will share the fate of American bison, Russian saigas and some smaller populations of wild reindeer of Russia, knocked out for the sake of human greed.
Year-old calves were also few in numbers. This summer researchers recorded the lowest percentage of newborn calves in the last 40 years on the Kheta River, an alarming 5-7%. Reindeer were also rarely observed on the main migratory routes crossing the Pyasina and Tareya rivers. And population numbers were low in areas where herds graze during the summer.
What's causing the decline?
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