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Monday, February 11, 2013

Russia: Raids by wolves spark 'emergency' in Yakutia

7 January 2013

Wolves are pests for Sakha's herders
who rely on reindeer for a living 

An influx of wolves preying on reindeer herds has triggered a state of emergency in the Sakha Republic, in north-eastern Russia.

Squads of hunters will pursue the wolves in a three-month "battle" from 15 January, officials say.

The most successful hunters will get bonuses. The vast, sparsely populated region is also known as Yakutia.

Experts quoted by Russian media believe a shortage of mountain hares has caused the migration of hungry wolves.

Wolf packs have moved into Sakha's central reindeer pastures, from their normal hunting grounds in the mountains and dense forests. Reports speak of increased attacks on livestock, but not on humans. (...)

Continue reading: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20932461

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