The Department of the Environment has managed to push through an initiative to impose heavy fines on illegal hunting activities.

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The new fines are on average five times bigger than they were in the past, and some are even 10 times bigger for those caught hunting certain species.

Hunting a Persian panther will be punished by up to 80 million toumans in fines; for an Asiatic cheetah it’s 100 million toumans. Both species are seriously endangered.

Hunting another rare species, the Iranian yellow deer, now carries a fine of 60 million toumans. Various species of whales are also protected, and hunting them could bring a fine of up to 50 million toumans.

The Caspian seal is also now protected, and hunting it carries a fine of 15 million toumans. It’s now illegal to hunt the short-snouted crocodile, which has been determined to be endangered, and poachers will be fined 20 million toumans.

The list also includes a number of birds. According to the Department of the Environment, 74 species in the country are endangered.