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Kamchatka’s wild life

The brown bear - KamchatkaThe biggest predator having no natural enemies and the real master of this wonderful land is, of course, the brown bear. Kamchatka has a good reason to be called the land of bears: 6 percent of the global bear population or nine thousand animals inhabit this particular area. Its body can exceed 2.5 meters in size with a mass of over 300 kilograms. Such a sizable body is due to high-protein salmon for food. The brown bear is an excellent swimmer and diver and can run as fast as 60 km per hour. Leads an active life from spring to autumn. As the bear moves around following the same paths used by tourists chances of getting in the way this king of local forest are great. However, you would better avoid these  encounters. Therefore, safety precautions and experienced guide is a must. Hunting season for the bear is from 25 th of April up until 25th of May and from 20th of August up until 15th of December. The bear skin and skull are hunter’s trophy.

 

Sable is a valuable fur animal, found across all areas, seasonal hunting opportunity, 7 to 9 thousand animals can be hunted annually. Sable
Otter is an aquatic mammal with beautiful thick fur. Annual licensed hunting opportunity available. Otter
Glutton is a big animal with a body mass of up to 15 kilograms. Year-round hunting opportunity available. Glutton
Mink is a small (up to 45 centimeters) animal with valuable fur. Hunting opportunity available, annual hunting volume is 1.5 thousand animals. Mink
Ermine. Hunting opportunity available. Annually hunted up to 7-8 thousand animals. Ermine
Wolf. Big predator with a body mass of up to 50 kilograms. Hunting is permitted to contain the population growth. Annual hunting volume is 20-25 animals. Wolf
Fox. Found across all areas. Annual hunting volume 600 animals. Fox
White fox. Found across all areas. The foxes inhabiting Komandorskie Islands have a peculiar color and are called “blue foxes”. Hunting of white foxes is permitted in the Penzhinsky area (10 animals annually) only, blue foxes on the Bering Island (200 animals). White fox
Lynx. Forest predator. 50 animals hunted annually. Lynx
Reindeer. The greatest population is registered in the southern part of the peninsula. Hunting season (approx. 300 animals annually). Reindeer
Elk. Big hoofed grazing animal. Licensed hunting opportunity available. Elk
Walrus. Big sea pinnipedian with a body mass of up to 1.5 tons. Internationally protected species. Walrus
Sea lion. Representative of eared seal family. Body mass up to 1.5 tons. Protected by the state. Sea lion
Northern fur seal. The sealing grounds are on the Komandorskie Islands. Protected by the state. Northern fur seal
Seal. The smallest of seal species. Commercially important animal. Seal
Sea beaver (or kalan). Entirely exterminated by 1990. Currently the population is gradually being
restored. Protected by the state.
Sea beaver (kalan)
Kamchatka crab. Inhabits the littoral waters of Kamchatka Peninsula. The main catch is in the western coast of the peninsula. Depth of habitation 4 - 200 meters. Kamchatka crab
Blue crab. The massive concentration is recorded in the northwestern Kamchatka. Equal in size and commercial value to Kamchatka crab.