The government of the Sakha republic in Siberia has allocated extra cash to slaughtering wolves threatening remote reindeer villages.
First catch - hunters bring the wolves to be register by district authorities. Picture: Viktor Everstov, The Siberian Times
The governor of Russia's largest region - also known as Yakutia - has allocated 32 million roubles, just over $1 million - for the cull. Yegor Borisov wants to exterminate almost 90% of the wolves in the region, whioch would be the eighth largest country in the world if it was an independent state.
Currently some 4,000 wolves roam the republic and are blamed for killing 16,111 reindeer and 314 horses in 2012.
So far since 15 January only 161 wolves have been killed, according to official figures. Hunters are promised $1000 for each wolf hide, it is reported.
The aim is to leave the region with only 500 wolves.
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