Study to be made on six rare speciesEnvironment
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ There is a necessity to make census of argali or wild sheep, ibex, red deer, taimen, blacktailed gazelle and Khulan or wild ass, which are highly affected by hunting despite of their inclusion in rare species list of Mongolia, and raise their population.
First of all, special attention should be attached on defining population of wild sheep and ibex, take them under protection and give attention on their proper use. Also the governmental regulation on granting permit to catch and hunt rare species should be changed in line with current demand, noted P.Tsogtsaikhan, Head of the Department of Animal, Plant and Natural Resource of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
Wild ass and blacktailed gazelle are involved in “Great Gobi 6” program being implemented by the Ministry in partnership with international organizations. Defining habitat areas and population of rare species would provide possibility to implement proper protection management, he added.
According to the statistic, the population of red deer has decreased to about 30 thousand which was counted as 120 thousand in 1980s. Further, red deer will be reintroduced to appropriate areas and relocated from high-density areas.
Aside from it, taimen is added to the program for conservation of rare animals with a purpose to combine sport fishing and protection of freshwater ecosystem. As a result, scientifically based study on taimen would be made alongside protection and proper use management.
A total of 76 species of animals including 14 species of mammals, 24 species of birds, 6 species of reptiles, 4 species of amphibians, one species of fish, 20 pieces of insects, 2 species of crustaceans and 4 species of soft-bodied animals, are listed as rare animals in Mongolia.