Let rich tourists hunt wolves by helicopter to solve Siberia’s wolf epidemic

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By Kate Baklitskaya
08 March 2017

Foreigners should be invited to pay $10,000 per animal in novel way to fund cull needed to save reindeer and horses.

 The cost would be $10,000 for each wolf, plus $5,100 for helicopter transport, accommodation and food. Picture: Denis Adamov

Wealthy Russian and foreign tourists should be offered helicopter hunting trips to shoot wolves in Yakutia, where they are causing a growing threat to livestock.

The region’s 12,000 wolves are costing $2.5 million a year in damage to reindeer and horse herds. Wolves killed more than 9,000 reindeer and 500-plus horses, it is reported. Measures taken by the authorities to cull the rapidly rising wolf population are seen as ineffective.

Now local deputy Viktor Fedorov has suggested the region – also known as Sakha Republic – offering elite hunting opportunities to tourists as a means of rapidly reducing numbers without putting a strain on the budget. The cost would be $10,000 for each wolf, plus $5,100 for helicopter transport, accommodation and food.

‘In this way we could reduce the number of wolves and earn money for it,’ he said. ‘At the same time we could monitor the deer herds from above.’

Fedorov

Local deputy Viktor Fedorov has suggested Sakha Republic offering elite hunting opportunities to tourists. Picture: Il Tumen

He said: ‘We already have the tourists, local and some from abroad, who are willing to pay $10,000 for hunting one wolf. I searched for the prices on trophy hunting in South Africa. Hunting an adult lion costs $30,000, therefore, so $10,000 for a wolf is quite an acceptable price.

‘Chinese tourists fly to Canada and Alaska for hunting, which is more expensive. Harbin (China) is close to us, so I came up with the idea of commercialising the project.’

Fedorov said that it costs the regional government around $3,400 to cull a single wolf, while foreign tourists are ready to pay $10,000, making the scheme profitable to the Yakutians.

‘The cost of accommodation, transportation and food would be another 300,000 rubles ($5,100).

hunter with wolf


hunter with wolves


hunter killed giant wolf

Yakut hunters with their hunting trophies. Pictures: Denis Adamov, Hunting.ru, Ykt.ru

‘We have a limit of 800 wolves to be killed a year. 400 wolves could be (killed by) commercial activity. In that way environmental department would earn 120 million roubles ($2.06 million). And the hunting department would not need to shoot wolves – and will only fight against poaching.’

He spoke out against using poison as an alternative way of killing wolves, arguing it could kill other animals such as foxes, badgers and dogs.

‘So we are left with hunting from the air and the land,’ he said. ‘Hunting from the air is the most effective in my opinion. We used Mi-2 and Mi-8 helicopters.

‘The cost of flying hours of Mi-8 is 200,000 to 300,000 thousand rubles per hour ($3,400-$5,160). And flying a small helicopter Mi-2 is about 70,000 to 80,000 ($1,200 – $1,375).

‘As I understand, the Mi-8 was used this year for only four hours. What can you do in four hours? This is like shooting sparrows from a cannon.’

Rotorway

Helicopter Rotorway A-600. Picture: rotorway.ru

He proposed: ‘You don’t need a big helicopter for hunting. A wolf weighs about 50 kg, you kill him, take him on board and off you go. There is, for example, a helicopter Rotorway A-600 which costs $98,000… It takes two people on board, flies for 300 km, at 160 kph.

‘We can buy three helicopters like that with a 20 million rouble ($345,000) budget and put an end to the wolf problem. The state provides the infrastructure, and we use it for tourism.

‘I’m sure we’ll find enough tourists in Heilongjiang province alone. There are 120 million people in the province, and I’m sure I’ll find 400 hunters. In addition, our local hunters are quite wealthy.’He said the law may need to be changed to allow the scheme to work.

‘The whole world operates like this: you can hunt lions, rhinos. You just come to Africa and hunt the animal. And I’m sitting in Yakutsk and cant get a licence to hunt an elk. Can you imagine this? It’s easier for me to go to Africa and get a license there.’

Wolves preying on reindeer herds threaten seasonal joy in remote Siberian villages 


Wolves preying on reindeer herds threaten seasonal joy in remote Siberian villages 



Wolves preying on reindeer herds threaten seasonal joy in remote Siberian villages 

Measures taken by the authorities to cull the rapidly rising wolf population are seen as ineffective. Pictures: Victor Everstov

He was asked about safeguards so that other animals are not shot by trigger-happy tourists.

‘Firstly, the pilot will be an employee of the nature reserve. Secondly, we will put in cameras, and we’ll watch what animal was shot. If some other animal was shot, we are sorry, but you have to pay a $20,000  fine – and face a ban from returning here to hunt.’

The tourist would be allowed to keep the skin of the wolf. The aim should not be to wipe out the wolf population. ‘If the number of animals falls dramatically, the wolves allowed to be killed should be reduced as well.’

Yakutia has around 12,000 of an estimated 50,000 in Russia.

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8 thoughts on “Let rich tourists hunt wolves by helicopter to solve Siberia’s wolf epidemic

  1. 120 000 000 people and 20 000 wolves… which really needs to dial back their numbers? Waste of air these psychopaths, nothing better to do with their money and time.

  2. So Russia has the rednecks hunters, ranchers, and outrageous statistics pulled out their arses on wolf depredations on stock and game herds too. Redneck mythology, and justifications and rationalizations for hunting wolves. These jerks are world around. There has to be a genetic basis to redneck and Republican.

    • They saw so much money in it, they could not let the opportunity go. They took a lesson from US and Canadian hunters and came up with some bullshit to excuse for the sadistic killings. As I said the majority of human population are demented, sadistic dangerous killer parasites. It is no surprise that human history is so full of violence blood and gore, the majority are simply lacking something called humanity. For every one person with compassion who tries to make things better, thousands are apathetic and are motivated only by self-interest, and thousands are decidedly sadistic monsters.

  3. Well, as long as it is by helicopter, there’s always the hope of spectacular fiery crashes and hunting accidents. All the money in the world won’t change that. I don’t like the expressions on these guys’ faces either – it is like they truly have no idea what they are doing is wrong – they are proud of it.

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