Far Eastern leopards began to master the transition on narvinsky mountain tunnel
VLADIVOSTOK, February 15 — RIA Novosti. Experts say the restoration of disturbed road migration routes of far Eastern leopards in the area of Russia’s first ecological tunnel in Primorye, according to the national Park “Land of leopard”.
Narvinsky mountain road tunnel built under the program for conservation of the far Eastern leopard, was commissioned in March 2016. Highway of regional value of Khasan — Razdolnoye takes place in a narrow corridor between the protected areas of the national Park “Land of leopard”, crossing the paths of migration of a predator. The main goal of this project is to separate these paths with the highway and to reduce the risk of accidents. Now located in the “Land of the leopard” part of the line is hidden under the ground. Length of the tunnel is 575 meters, the height five meters, a width of 9.25 meters.
“In addition to traces of rare predators that the experts of “Land of leopard” was found on the snow earlier, in early February, the scientists received another confirmation of the use of safe crossing wild cats. Mounted above the tunnel camera traps tracked the movement of one of the spotted predators through the pass. It turned out that the usual local animals migration route have used the female at number Leo 92F”, — stated in the message.
It notes that “the video shows how she safely passes through the pass, leaving behind the lights and noise of automobile engines, along with the leopard in the shot and the car.”
In addition, examining footprints in the snow left above the tunnel the animals, the experts of “Land of leopard” suggested that in addition to Leo 92 °F transition is shared with the male leopard.
For ungulates, the transition over the tunnel has become commonplace
“The return of the leopard on narvinsky mountain pass, a symbol of changing relations of people to nature, shared responsibility for the preservation of the unique ecosystems of southwest Primorye… Fixed traps lovely cat looks perfectly healthy, it’s a female in the Prime of life. It is possible that in the future she again have to use the safe transition of not one, but with young kittens, for which road the threat, though not disappeared completely, but significantly decreased”, — said the Director of the fgbi “Land of leopard” Tatyana Baranovskaya.