Supplementary feeding for wild ungulates launched in tiger range
Experts forecast an extremely severe winter for wild ungulates in Primorye this year. High snow and the lack of main resources such as Korean pine nuts and acorns can cause a serious decrease in ungulates number in key tiger habitats. And ungulates make the basic food for the Red list predator - tiger. The decrease in hoofed animals numbers will directly threaten the tigers well-being.
“Mainly grain crops were purchased for the moment. As practice shows the best food for animals in this season is corn. This is the most energy food both for wild boars and other hoofed animals such as roe deer, sika deer and red deer. It is critically important to arrange supplementary feeding sites in those areas that suffered after the flood caused by Lionrock typhoon. The flood flushed away natural food along river beds as well as the plantations of hunting leases.” - comments Pavel Fomenko, Rare Species Program coordinator at WWF Russia Amur branch.
Supplementary forage from reserve stock is already distributed among regional protected areas and responsible hunting societies of Primorsky Province that conduct measures to maintain high number of ungulates.
Death of ungulates and as a consequence the decrease in their numbers by spring may cause human-tiger conflict situations. Hungry predators may enter local settlements and attack domestic animals. Experts believe that increase in supplementary feeding will help to minimize such cases.