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Unique Dog-Search Engine for the First Time Took Part in An Expedition to Search for Traces of the Snow Leopard

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WWF summarizes research on the potential snow leopard habitat in the northeastern part of South-Chu Ridge and Southern Ridge Chikhacheva (Altai Republic), performed by members of the Altai Nature Reserve with the support of WWF in the monitoring program


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Cher C (1424)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 2:33 pm


The dog - a search engine, prepared at the initiative and support of the Altai-Sayan Branch of WWF in the search for traces of life of the snow leopard (Irbis), who first became a party to the field trip.
WWF summarizes research on the potential snow leopard habitat in the northeastern part of South-Chu Ridge and Southern Ridge Chikhacheva (Altai Republic), performed by members of the Altai Nature Reserve with the support of WWF in the monitoring program of the snow leopard in the Russian Federation.

From September 21 to October 13 in Altai were field of monitoring snow leopard. They were unique in that the researchers used a dog trained to find a snow leopard feces. That dog - the first in Siberia, a bloodhound, prepared at the initiative of WWF specifically for research. Scientists gather samples of feces ounce during each field study to analyze and then secreted from DNA samples. Such research helps to clarify the number, sex, age, and even individuals of the study population. The use of dogs increases the efficiency of collection of these samples up to 90%.

At South Ridge, the expedition Chu examined the territory of the left tributaries of the river Feeling, as well as right-hand tributaries of the river and the source of the Chagan-Uzun. Experts looking at the river valleys and along the crests of ridges traces of snow leopard, as well as labels, which he designates his territory - scratched on the ground, scratches on trees, urine and feces point. Signs of the presence of snow leopard, however, could not be found. According to local residents only confirmed the findings of experts - ounce rarely comes to this region.

But on the ridge Chikhacheva, where experts examined the tract Boguty, Kyndyktykkul and Kara Oyuk, tag snow leopard found in the set. This summer is on the ridge Chikhacheva on the border with Mongolia managed to catch a snow leopard in fotolovushku.

His first contribution to the study of the snow leopard and the dog made a search engine, a young German shepherd dog named Erik. His expert-trained dog specialist of international class from Barnaul Ekaterina Grigorieva. Preparation of dogs was conducted at the initiative of and with the support of the Altai-Sayan Branch of the WWF.

" The examination of aptitude dog stood , - the head of the expedition, the current owner Eric Sergey Spitsyn , State Inspector Altai reserve. - The dog worked well: surely found two samples of feces, belonging ounce, but, unfortunately, further signs of life almost did not come across. "

The conditions of high mountains dog has adapted well, demonstrating the excellent performance even at altitudes of up to 3.5 thousand meters. However, in the rocky soil of the mountain spurs, Eric, a former " one hundred percent citizen "began to shoot down the leg and had to translate it into sparing operation. According to Sergey Spitsyn, aggressive terrain impose restrictions on the work of dogs, as on the crests of the ridges or in canyons of the river razor-sharp edge of the stone slabs and wounded feet, making it difficult or impossible by making a further search.
" Search by dog excrement should be conducted in areas with a more relaxed terrain, river valleys and foothills of the range. Survey of mountain ridges do better without a dog, - says Sergey Spitsyn . - In our view, the ideal scheme of using dogs is a search engine: researchers with samples of feces from the back routes, and the dog immediately in the field identifies those who belong to it ounce. "

Summing up the results of the expedition, experts say it will continue to use dogs in their work. So, they plan to explore with the police dog habitat of snow leopard in other regions - in the nature reserve " Uvs Nuur Basin "of the Republic of Tuva, in the nature reserve " Sayano-Shushenskiy "Krasnoyarsk Krai.
" Even the best dog, unfortunately, will not replace a group of researchers from five or six people, - says Sergey Spitsyn . - A dog in a position to pass only one route, five investigators, respectively - the five routes and collect more samples. These samples and must sift through the dog. In fact, on average, 50% of snow leopard feces collected by the best specialists, belong, as subsequently found other kinds of animals. Today we define it by means of DNA testing for $ 20 for one copy, and Eric will save money. Here is what we will see and guide Eric in the future. As a search engine it will also be involved, but to a lesser degree. "


Ruth McD (839)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 4:04 pm
Great way to search for snow leopards for conservation. Thanks for the article Cher.

Carol H (229)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 4:35 pm
noted, thank you Cher

divergent r (309)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 4:45 pm
thanks again cher....
deja vu,always
thanking you.

Judith C (159)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 10:27 pm
This is great - thank you!!

Kim O (396)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 10:40 pm
Thanks Cher!!

Lisa N (202)
Friday October 21, 2011, 9:13 am
Noted, thanks Cher.

. (0)
Friday October 21, 2011, 10:57 am
noted, thanks Cher

Stephen Hill (633)
Friday October 21, 2011, 4:21 pm
Thank you Cher for sharing! Noted

Bella Fitzpatrick (280)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 5:17 am
Thanks for sharing Cher
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