A state of emergency has been declared in the Sakha Republic in eastern Siberia. Yegor Borisov, the president of the Republic, has ordered more than 3,000 wolves to be killed in three months, starting January 15.
According to BBC News, the Sakha agriculture ministry, in 2012, 16,111 reindeer were killed by wolves. Authorities said that wolves also killed 314 horses.
Officials believe that over 3,500 are still terrorizing the region's livestock, RT reports.
Mr. Borisov has declared a "war on wolves, " and has promised six-figure rewards for the three hunters who bring back "the most skins," The Telegraph reports.
The goal is to eliminate wolves until the population drop to about 500, RT reports. This means hunters must to kill more than a thousand wolves a month to meet the deadline set by officials.
Borisov has assured hunters will be equipped with the protection to be safe from the wolves. The scarcely populated region, also known as Yakutia, has seen some pretty scary interactions between wolves and people in recent years, The Telegraph reports.
Wolves have not actually attacked any humans lately, but the fear and threat still exists, so Mr. Borisov will ensure the hunters have all they need to remain totally safe.
This is not the first time hunters been have called upon to get rid of wolves in Russia. In 2011, a "super pack" of 400 wolves killed more than 30 horses in just four days in the small town of Verkhoyansk. Twenty-four teams of hunters were put together and rewarded for every wolf skin they brought to officials.
Experts believe attacks like these are caused by a food shortage. For instance, there has been a decrease in the population of mountain hares, a central part of the wolves' diet, RT reports.