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Премия рунета 2017

A conflict tiger captured on the Bikin River bank

22 october 2018
Primorye, October 21. Staff of rapid response teams of Primorsky and Khabarovsky Wildlife Departments captured a big tiger male on the Bikin’s bank near the village of Yasenyovy. The animal was placed in the Utyos Rehabilitation Center in Khabarovsky Province to do medical examination and to determine the reasons of his strange behavior.

The local villagers were the first to notice a tiger lying on the river bank and not trying to run away from the drifting by boats. The staff of Primorsky Wildlife Department got the video with the strange tiger on October 19, and realized at once that something was wrong with the predator. Luckily, the tiger neither attacked people nor reacted to irritators. An urgent decision was made to go to the site to find out what happened to the tiger.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first case of encountering tigers with inadequate behavior on the border of Primorsky and Khabarovsky Provinces. This may be due to a possible focus of disease that has to be identified. Unfortunately, the research that was conducted over sick animals has not revealed any disorders that cause such consequences. This case is a unique chance to carry out a detailed identification of wild tigers’ disease in order to take necessary measures for the safety of tigers and humans,” comments Pavel Fomenko, head of rare species conservation unit of WWF Russia Amur branch, Honored Conservationist of Russia.

Inspectors took blood samples and other biological materials on the site for further research. The animal was transported to the Utyos Rehabilitation Center in Khabarovsky Province to be meticulously examined and to figure out the reason of his abnormal behavior.

A conflict tiger captured on the Bikin River bank
Primorsky Wildlife Department
“The tiger showed no reaction towards approaching people. The attempts to scare the tiger away also failed. We assumed that he could be injured or sick. However, no wounds or other injuries were found. The animal is quite fat, with good teeth and he looks healthy. We’ll wait for the results of his internal organs examination,” comments Dmitry Pankratov, head of the Primorsky Province Wildlife Department.
Yury Kolpak, Khabarovsky Wildife Department, plans the operation on the tiger immobilization
Primorsky Wildlife Department
“The Primorsky Province Wildlife Department’s staff came to the site first and tried to scare the tiger away which gave no results. So they decided to ensure the animal’s security and wait for our help. We poll the local villagers who confirmed that the tiger was sticking to this exact spot for several days. The animal was neither aggressive nor evasive which considered abnormal for tigers. So it was decided to withdraw the male form the nature. It was a matter of skills to do the rest of the job. I made a shot from the injector to sedate the tiger then the whole group came to action including inspectors of the Bikin National Park”, comments Yury Kolpak, head of the Department for Wildlife Resources Conservation at the Hunting Department, Ministry for Natural Resources and Environment, Khabarovsky Province.
A conflict tiger captured on the Bikin River bank
Primorsky Wildlife Department
“In Primorye, there are quite a big number of natural infectious or other diseases including neurotropic which can change animals’ behaviour and are dangerous for the Amur tigers. This issue is underexplored and should be solved comprehensively. The research is underway; all taken biological samples are very valuable. They will serve as a brick of the building we are constructing while researching natural pockets of infections, notes Mikhail Shelkanov, Doctor of Biology, professor of the Far Eastern Federal University, head of Laboratory for Virology of the Federal Scientific Centre, Russian Academy of Science.
A conflict tiger captured on the Bikin River bank
Primorsky Wildlife Department

The Amur tiger conservation in the Russian Far East is being done with the support of WWF Russia and Amur Tiger Centre.

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