China's last hunting tribe welcomes reindeer calving season

2023-05-04 Editor : Li Ji ECNS App Download

Ethnic Ewenki herders in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, also known as "the last hunting tribe in China," said the reindeer calving season is now in full swing. Every year, the calving season lasts from mid-April to the end of May.  

In Aoluguya Township, reindeer were the main means of transportation for the Ewenki ethnic minority in the past, while in modern society, many hunters there still maintain the tradition of raising reindeer and use their ways to protect the creature.  

To better feed the reindeer, some hunters relocated to other hunting sites and built new homes for fawns. Fearing that the fawns and their mothers would be frightened, they decided to follow traditional methods to raise reindeer in the mountains and walk with the reindeer on their migration.  

During the calving season, ethnic Ewenki herders also enhance patrols in the forests to guarantee the safety of reindeer. The local government has taken actions to protect the breeding of the deer and also worked with agricultural institutions to improve survival.  


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