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The valley of geysers in Kamchatka is closed due to the mating season of bears

The valley of geysers in Kamchatka is closed due to the mating season of bears
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Scheduled tourist excursions to the Valley of Geysers were discontinued due to the beginning of the mating season with bears. The noise of helicopters and the presence of people can scare animals сообщает Press Service of the Kronotsky Reserve.

“Now the animals are concentrated on limited parts of the Valley, which is mosaically located in the area of ​​the sightseeing trail for only one and a half kilometers. Every day we meet up to 15 individuals at the same time, while in other parts of the central part of the river valley there are practically no bears. In such conditions it is very important that the animals feel safe and not be disturbed, ”the press service quotes Sergei Kolchin, a researcher at the Institute for Water and Environmental Problems of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The deadline for the “month of silence” is tentatively defined before 30 June 2019. During this period, a complete ban on circling the gorge of the Geysernaya River was introduced.

The press service also stressed that the terms of the ban on tourist visits can be adjusted based on the operational situation.