At the moment
all 6 birds are alive and receiving veterinary care. The birds were discovered
packed tightly in a cardboard box and in very poor condition. Only 1 of 6 birds
has begun to eat on its own while the rest depend on force-feeds to survive.
As few as 2,000
Gyrfalcons remain in the wild in Russia. Their
main habitat is above the Polar Circle, from the Kola
Peninsula to Chukotka. Smugglers target female falcons due to their
larger size, superior hunting skills, and higher prices. The demand for
Gyrfalcons threatens the population with extinction.