The Way of the Tiger: a WWF report on human-tiger conflicts in the Russian Far East
Thanks to the efforts of the Russian government the Amur tiger population has risen from around 20-30 in the 1930s to 540 in 2015. Nature conservation public organizations have also contributed greatly in this success. For a quarter of a century tiger conservation work is being is carried out in the Russian Far East by governmental structures with the support of WWF Russia, and recently with the help of the Amur Tiger Center, PRNCO “Tiger Center” and other public organizations. This success has a flipside, however, as the increased tiger population has resulted in more frequent Human-Tiger Conflicts.
In order to resolve conflict situations in 2012 by WWF initiative the Wildlife Departments of Primorsky and Khabarovsky provinces organized specialized rapid response teams to mitigate the conflicts. At present these mobile teams are well equipped and work successfully improving their skills with the support of WWF and the Amur Tiger Center. Moreover, two rehabilitation centers for tigers and other wild animals have been set up in the Russian Far East: Utyos in Khabarovsky Province in 1991 and Alekseevka in Primorsky Province in 2012.
Thanks to the work of rapid response teams, rehabilitation centers and public organizations, the conflict tigers have a chance to survive and come back home to the wild taiga.
Between 2000-2017, 24 animals were placed in rehabilitation centers. Thirteen of them were released into the wild after rehabilitation (nine tiger cubs and four young adults) between 2009-2017. Ten of them were tagged with GPS collars to monitor their movements to prevent them becoming involved in HTCs again. This spring two tiger cubs rescued in winter 2016-2017 in Lazovsky and Pozharsky districts pf Primorsky province will be released into the wild.
Amur tiger conservation projects in the Russian Far East are implemented by WWF in close cooperation with the Administration of Primorsky, Khabarovsky and Evreiskaya provinces and the Amur Tiger Center.