Over the past 100 years, the number of the population has declined by 90 %, from one million at the beginning of the 20th Century to a hundred thousand (the most optimistic estimate is 270 thousand, 2012). The species has long been on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature as Endangered (a dangerous status with a high risk of extinction in nature). It is protected in Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Russia and Kazakhstan. About 16 thousand animals annually die in poachers’ fishing nets only in Dagestan. A maximum of ten years – and the end. Here is the forecast of specialists…

Photo: Evgeny Polonsky.



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