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Ongoing field efforts to protect the survived cheetah cub
Ongoing field efforts to protect the survived cheetah cub

According to Hamed Abolghasemi, expert in Cheetah Conservation Project in Turan Biosphere Reserve at the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, who has been present in the area since the death of the female cheetah, the experts and rangers efforts for protecting the survived cub, is being continued at the vicinity of Abbas-Abad, the border between Turan Biosphere Reserve and Miandasht Wildlife Refuge.
Around-the-clock actions have been taking place within the past 6 days on which Hamed Abolghasemi commented: “As first measures undertaken in presence of experts in the area, the necessary coordinations for summoning rangers and local volunteers was made to organize overnight watches to avoid the cub from entering the road. Fire and warning equipment were set and the drivers were warned about the situation during the night due to the heavy traffic on the road. During this time the 24-hour watches were focused along 2 kilometers of the road in the area where the cub was spotted, with the use of animal warning reflectors on foot and by motorbike patrols along the roadside.
During the past 6 days and nights the field experts have been tracing and patrolling the area to estimate the cub’s condition and obtain necessary information to assess the cub’s ability for hunting and surviving on its own. The cub has been observed periodically at different instances, but no observation of the cub was made in the past two nights. Also according to the observations there is high probability that the cub would be able to hunt and survive on its own.
Meanwhile many plans have been tested to assist the cub in crossing the road and entering the Biosphere Reserve and to continue on the track it was before the incident. Alas, all efforts have failed, up to this day.”
This activity has been performed in coordination with the Provincial Office of Semnan Department of Environment, Turan National Park Head Office, Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah Project (CACP) and the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation and the attendance and assistance of the residents of Qale-Bala , Environment Watch Population of Shahrud and Shahvar Zist Group of Sharud was of great help in the process.
In the winter of 1393 after two female cheetahs were killed on Tehran-Mashhad Road in the Abbas-Abad area, CACP started serious efforts for making the road safer for wildlife, especially for the Asiatic cheetah. In this regard a research was done to recognize the area with most accidents along the road and the best possible animal-crossing safety measures that could be implemented. In addition, because of regulation difficulties and obstacles for implementing effective safety measures for this road, many meetings were held with the Ministry of Road and Urban Development and the Headquarters of Semnan’s traffic police. According to CACP Project Manager, the final meeting will be held next week for obtaining the approval for implementing safety measures on 12 kilometers of this road in the Abbas-Abad area, from the Road and Urban Development Office, the Traffic Police headquarters and other members of the Crisis Committee of the province. If the approval and sufficient funds are guaranteed, the safety measures including fencing, building underpasses and overpasses will start on this road.