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Russian Birds of Prey and Owls Newsletter.

This message contains an article from the Russian Birds of Prey and Owls
Newsletter "Raptor-link" N1 1993. Subscription information is given below.


As is widely known, there has been Arctic Fox trapping on the tundra for many
years. Trap hunters use so called "pasti" (lit. "jaws" in Russian, or a trap
made of logs) and gin-traps. These are placed on high tussocks or specially
constructed cone-shaped mounds of peat called "koga", 0.6 m high. There is a
gin-trap on top attached to a peg with a chain. On the "koga", the trap is
rarely covered in snow due to strong winds, but the height of the "koga" means
that its black sides are always are visible from a distance.  Very often kogas
are the only high points on the flat tundra and this is why Snowy Owls use them
for perching. It is not hard to imagine what happens to them. The trap snaps
shut and the disabled owl must wait for a trapper to arrive. The situation in
the Taimyr Peninsula is especially tragic. The  Senior Mechanic of the State
Hunters Estate (gospromkhos)  Mr. S.I.Goryachev claims that each of the
trappers catch tens of owls in their traps. One of the hunters had amassed 53
Snowy Owls. This situation cannot be disregarded since it may result in the
extinction of Snowy Owls.

Nickolay K. Vereshagin, Rashetova St. 11 f. 67, St. Petersburg, 194017, Russia.
(Prof. Nickolay K. Vereshagin in the leading Russian Mammologist, currently
working for the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences,

Russian Birds of Prey and Owls Newsletter.

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