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MAIKOP, August 7. /TASS/. The leadership of the Caucasus state biosphere reserve has decided to temporarily ban tourists to spend the night in the equipped sites because of active bears. This was announced on Tuesday, the TASS press Secretary of the reserve Olga Turishcheva.

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“Bears in the last time are active, attacking the equipped Parking lot in search of food that tourists often hidden, including in the bushes. Animals find it and then check all the tents and backpacks. These cases are seen during a tour of ecological and educational route “To Achipsinskaya waterfalls”, and for the safety of both people and bears, we are forced to temporarily prohibit overnight camping in Parking lots,” said she .

A temporary restriction will be in effect through September 3. Injured in the accidents there, but such cases can lead to tragedy. In addition, bears that are accustomed to take food from humans and become too “manual”, removed from the wild into the nursery.

As reported TASS the head of the tourism Department of the reserve Alexei Mitrofanov, last year visited the reserve about 260 thousand people, which is 20% higher than a year earlier. Interest in active recreation, eco-tourism is growing.

About the reserve

The reserve’s flora includes about 3 thousand species of unique plants, fauna, 89 species of mammals, 248 species of birds, 15 species of reptiles, nine species of amphibians, 21 species of fish, over 100 species of molluscs and about 10 thousand species of insects. Many species of animals listed in the Red book of the Russian Federation. The reserve is inhabited by bison, deer, brown bear, West Caucasian Tur, chamois, lynx, ROE deer and wild boar. The first leopard – Akhun, Victoria and Keeley – were released into the Caucasian biosphere reserve in July 2016, a female Victoria in January this year, died.