Experts decide about the future of rare predator
This meeting is a necessary step in solving the future of the conflict tiger, which since 14 November is placed in the “Utyos” Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Striped cat is known by the attack on the dog in Vyazemskoye village of Khabarovsky province and was caught by a group involving the Ministry of Natural Resources of Khabarovsky province to resolve conflicts between large predators and humans. Financial assistance for the treatment and temporary maintenance of the tiger in “Utyos” Center was provided by WWF Russia.
“Veterinary examination of the three-year old male gave negative results to nine diseases that he was checked for. This means that the predator has a good chance to return to taiga, - says Pavel Fomenko, Species program coordinator of WWF Russia Amur Branch. - It is very important that the future of the rare predator is in the hands of professionals who know its nature very well. All developed proposals are absolutely reasonable and timely.”
The Interagency Working Group was established this year under the Ministry of Natural Resources of Khabarovsky province to make recommendations and proposals for action in conflict situations with wildlife species, including species listed in the Red Data Book. It brings together experienced specialists from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Hunting Department, Far Eastern Branch of the All-Russian Research Institute of hunting and farming, Committee on Environmental Protection, Veterinary Department, Protected Areas and Wildlife Protection Agency of Khabarovsky province and WWF Russia.
At the meeting held on 27 November, Oleg Gunin, the deputy chairman of the Hunting Department, the head of wildlife conservation division reported about the condition of the Amur tiger named Stubborn placed in “Utyos” Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Pavel Fomenko told about the assistance provided by WWF to “Utyos” Center for rehabilitation of the predator. Experts discussed the plan and necessary measures for rehabilitation, as well as the development of a consolidated decision for the possible release location of the tiger into the wild after the rehabilitation period.
As a result, it was decided to continue the care, treatment and monitoring of tiger on the territory of “Utyos” Center for more 30 days. After this period, to hold a second meeting of the working group to make recommendations about the release time and location and possible radio-collaring.
“Three places were identified as possible for tiger release in Khabarovsky province: basins Nelta and Birakan Rivers, and neighborhood of Botchinsky Nature Reserve”, - said Alexandr Ermolin, the deputy minister of natural resources of Khabarovsky province, the chairman of Hunting Department. - Rangers of the Hunting Department in respective municipal districts were instructed to assess the availability of prey resources, average snow cover at the proposed sites of release and provide reports up to 20 December 2014”.