A tiger roaming near Vladivostok placed to rehabilitation center
It took a little more than 24 hours for the Hunting Department staff and police to find and capture the tiger who appeared in the residential area of Vladivostok on 19 October. At night on 20 October police received another signal that the tiger was seen in the area of Shamora Bay. Ranger groups immediately moved to the site.
Pavel Fomenko, species program coordinator at WWF Russia Amur branch informs: “Visual contact with the predator was made about 10 pm. The tiger was detected in the forest by thermal camera. The animal was on the right distance for the shot with sedative. It took a while for the tiger to lie down, but soon the injection took effect. After that it was moved to the Center for rehabilitation and reintroduction of tigers and other rare animals in Alexeevka village, where all necessary procedures were carried out: sampling, measurements, and initial examination. This is a young male Amur tiger about 3 years old, in approximate weigh 140 kg.”
The predator was sedated and safely captured free of injuries. Pavel Fomenko stresses out the excellent work of all agencies involved in the operation: the Hunting Department of Primorsky Province, police, staff of Amur Tiger Center, veterinarians of the agricultural academy and rehabilitation center.
“The tiger is well conditioned, well fed and healthy. Looks like he ate a cat or a dog recently. He feels good for the moment. – comments Alexei Surovy, deputy head of the Hunting Department of Primorsky Province.
After examination the tiger was placed to the enclosure of rehabilitation center. The examination revealed no signs of injuries. The set of samples for analysis is taken, the results will be announced later. If no disease or defects are found, including the reaction towards a human and prey, the animal will be prepared for release into the wild. Further fate of the animal will be decided at the concilium of experts.
“Specialists will have to figure out why the tiger came to people. Another question is if it’s a wild tiger or the extracted from the wild, domesticated and then escaped from a private residence. The most important thing now is that the tiger is safe and healthy, and never harmed anybody. It proves once again that tigers and humans can peacefully exist next to each other. – comments Sergei Aramilev, director of Far Eastern branch of Amur Tiger Center.
Another big concern of local people is the measures that should be taken to avoid tiger appearance in the city in the future.
“Tiger wandering is usually caused by lack of prey base or due to natural process of young individuals dispersal, - says Pavel Fomenko. – It is important to increase number of prey resources in certain tiger areas. We have to work closely with hunting farms to keep animals “tied to” their place, protect ungulates from poachers, support them in heavy snow winters, and prevent epidemic diseases”.