WWF Russia announces anti-polar bear poaching award

Posted on 01 June 2009

A new scheme has been launched by WWF Russia to try to reduce the numbers of polar bears being killed by poachers, according to the Umky Patrol.

A new financial incentive scheme has been launched today by WWF Russia to try to reduce the numbers of polar bears being killed by poachers, according to the Umky Patrol (Polar Bear Patrol) website.

Poachers in Russia kill between 100-150 polar bears each year, but despite this large number, only two polar bear poaching cases have been investigated over the past decade: one in Taimyrsky autonomous okrug, and the other in Chukotka.

To stop or at least reduce poaching activity, environmental education programmes in Arctic settlements need to be implemented and enhanced, and anti-poaching activity needs to be reinforced.


As a result, from today a special bonus will be awarded to those who can provide information about bear poaching: 30,000 rubles (approximately $US1,000). In addition, any person who is also a member of a nature protection or law enforcement agency who brings the investigation of a polar bear poaching case to court, with that case resulting in a guilty verdict, will receive 100,000 rubles (more than $US3,000).

Anyone with information about polar bear poaching should email contact@umkypatrol.ru. The reward is only being offered between June 1, 2009, and June 30, 2009, and only within the Russian Federation. 


WWF Russia announces anti polar bear poaching incentive
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