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Individual study: Investigating the potential impact of trophy hunting of wild ungulates on snow leopard Panthera uncia conservation in Tajikistan

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Kachel S.M., McCarthy K.P., McCarthy T.M. & Oshurmamadov N. (2017) Investigating the potential impact of trophy hunting of wild ungulates on snow leopard Panthera uncia conservation in Tajikistan. Oryx, 5, 597-604


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Provide/increase anti-poaching patrols Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A site comparison study in 2012–2013 in two tundra sites in Tajikistan (Kachel et al. 2017) found that in an area where anti-poaching patrols were carried out, densities of snow leopard Panthera uncia, argali Ovis ammon polii, and ibex Capra sibirica were higher than in an area where no patrols were carried out. The area where anti-poaching patrols were carried out had a higher snow leopard density (0.7 individuals/100 km2) than where no patrols were carried out (0.5 individuals/100 km2). The same was true for argali (patrols: 11.0; no patrols: 0.1 individuals/100 km2) and ibex (patrols: 4.3; no patrols: 2.0 individuals/100 km2). One site was patrolled by 3–5 rangers year round. The other site was not patrolled. In June and September 2012, thirty-seven camera traps were deployed at the patrolled site and 34 in the unpatrolled site. Photographs were used to identify individual snow leopards. In September–October 2013, at both sites, 20 randomly selected locations were surveyed for 90 minutes and the abundance of all ungulate species was recorded.

(Summarised by Phil Martin)