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Poachers threaten Balkans' underground biodiversity

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Science  01 Dec 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6367, pp. 1116-1117
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6367.1116

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  • Why the creatures of the Balkans’ caves are targeted
    • Shino Iwami, Project Researcher, University of Jyväskylä

    Simičević described that Balkans' underground biodiversity are threatened (1).
    I saw underground creatures first in the museum of Postojna Cave (2) in Slovenia, as of 2016. Comparing with the usage of Hungarian as basements of castle (Budapest), concert hall, mining rock (Aggtelek), and boat activity (Tapolca), the Slovenian caves are kept in nature and get more tourists. Thus, thanks to moderate tourism, the former caves might succeed controls preceded poaching. Otherwise, the utilization of caves is prioritized and the poacher’s traps may be ignored. According to the exhibit of the museum, because historic research findings were made there or the visit to there was a trend of the royal family, the Postojna Cave and the surrounding creatures may attract poachers.
    Recently, a TV program "Pull out all the water of the pond" (3) began in Japan. It is an entertainment including extermination of alien species, protection of native species, and pond maintenance that had not been performed by lack of human resources and budget in the super-aging society. If a European TV reports a program about a cave survey and extermination of traps, the issue will be shared and prevented while people enjoy watching it.

    References:
    1. V. Simičević, Poachers threaten Balkans’ underground biodiversity. Science (80-. ). 358, 1116–1117 (2017).
    2. Postojnska jama, d. d., Postojana Cave, (available at https:/...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.