18 February 2021
In Sivas, photocatchers placed in mountainous and forested areas in order to control natural life played an important role in the capture of poachers while recording many wild animals from wolves to bears, from lynx to gazelles.
The 15th Regional Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, which has Malatya, Sivas, Elazığ, Kahramanmaraş, Tunceli, Batman and Diyarbakır in its area of responsibility, helps to obtain images of the colorful world and lives of wild animals and new species with 153 photo traps it has placed in nature.
In the images reflected on photocatchers sensitive to heat and motion in different time periods, poachers draw attention as well as the life of animals in nature. Documentary recordings of photocatchers placed to record the biodiversity of the region reflect the beauties of wildlife and the natural life of animals of different species.
Nature Conservation and National Parks 15th Regional Manager Ahmet Çörtük said the photocatchers provided great convenience in the fight against poaching as well as recording the natural life of the animals.
Stating that they are among the institutions that use technology most effectively, Çörtük said, “This year, our regional directorate established 153 photo traps for effective protection of hunting and wildlife. There are 26 in Sivas. 4 poachers have also entered the photo trap, and we have made legal procedures for them.”
Stating that they continue to pursue the protection and development of hunting and wildlife, Çörtük explained that they generally set up photocatchers for mammals, and that grizzly bears, lynxes, mountain gazelles, wild goats, badgers, foxes, wolves and pigs were also caught in the traps.
Explaining that they have accelerated the activity of placing photo traps in the nature in line with the instructions of the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, Çörtük said, “I can say that it is a very effective device. Currently, all our hunting grounds are followed by photo traps and drones, we are constantly watching.
Nature Conservation and National Parks Sivas Branch Manager Okan Gün emphasized that they collected images from photo traps at certain periods and that these devices also made an important contribution to the fight against poaching. Stating that they shared the poaching images reflected on the photo traps with the security forces, Gün stated that criminal action was applied to the poachers identified.