|The Armenian mouflon is one of several animals threatened by ongoing poaching.|
A recent report has shown that conservationists and environmentalists in Armenia are in a tremendous shock over the continuing poaching of wild animals. On the other hand, those in charge of Armenia's wild places insist that such cases have been decreasing year by year. They also assure that the nation is committed to protect wild animals in the Red Book of Endangered Species. One of them is Aram Aghasyam, head of the Department of Preserves of the Environment Ministry's Bioresources Management Agency. In an interview, he explained that measures were taken in recent years to ensure protection in such areas where the activities were rampant. Among the measures included recruitment of more personnel, provision of vehicles and fuel, etc.
|Syrian brown bear|
I'm very much appalled by this news. Here you have authorities in charge of national parks and other protected areas, who insist that the amount of poaching has reduced significantly due to "effective" measures. But on the other hand, there are environmentalists and conservationists who insist based on their studies and data they collected which show that the threat of poaching still persists. I have a feeling that Armenia is not living up to its goal in properly protecting and preserving its wildlife. I firmly believe that authorities should learn from what the environmentalists, and use those findings as a way to further enforce their actions. One of the techniques would be to identify unprotected areas known for having endangered species, and protect them. Right now, legal hunting season is currently going in Armenia. At this time, there are probably no signs of poachers or any illegal activities. But one can never be certain. Some of these individuals can be desperate, and use this time just to blend in with licensed hunters to carry out their dastardly deeds. I personally think that one of the ways to battle this would be vigilance. Locals should collaborate with environment officials, and report any suspicious activities. In addition to that, such illicit activities will affect the tourism in the country. Places like Lake Sevan consists of several popular beach resorts, and with poaching of fish and crabs, the quality of the lake will become swampy for the tourists. This is why I feel that Armenia is in a great need of help regarding its wildlife.
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