The Gyrfalcon Falсo rusticolus L. is one of rare falcon species, listed in the Red Data Book of the Russian Federation (RF). The state of its local population in Kamchatka keeps on deteriorating, mostly owing to poaching, which has acquired nearly industrial scale in the Kamchatka region. The circumstances that ‘favor’ this kind of poaching are well known and have been thoroughly analyzed (Lobkov et al., 2007; 2011).
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Lobkov E.G. (2012) The Illegal capturing of Gyrfalcons Falco rusticolus L. in Kamchatka goes on unabated: the biggest batch of the birds confiscated in 2012 // Far East. J.Orn. 3: 67—72.