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For the first time in 50 years, traces of the Amur tiger were found in Yakutia

24.11.2021 74 просмотров

Traces of the animal were found on the banks of the right tributary of the Aldan.


Tiger tracks were found in Yakutia for the first time in the last half century, which indicates an increase in the number of these predators. This was announced to TASS on Tuesday by the Director of Nature Conservation of the Tigrus Charitable Foundation Viktor Nikiforov.

. Tiger tracks were found on the banks of the right tributary of the Aldan. This is the southeastern part of Yakutia. For Yakutia, tiger visits are rare. There is a well-known story when a tiger entered the Ust-Maisky region a hundred years ago, a hunt was declared for it, and a stuffed animal was placed in a museum in Yakutsk,” said Viktor Nikiforov.

According to him , the entry of the tiger into Yakutia was the result of the implementation of the Northern Tiger project in the Khabarovsk Territory, where the Tigrus Foundation allocates funds to maintain the northernmost group of the Amur tiger in the world in the Anyui National Park.

“The number of tigers in the Far East has exceeded 600 individuals, so the appearance of a tiger in Yakutia is a joyful event for all animal advocates who have been protecting a rare predator from extinction for many years. It is difficult for a tiger to gain a foothold in this region of Yakutia, since there are no broad-leaved forests and wild boars, so there is nothing special for them to eat there. However, the fact that tigers survey their original hunting grounds indicates that the number of the northernmost tigers does not cause concern. If the population was in decline, then the tigers would not have time to travel to neighboring regions,” added Viktor Nikiforov.

The Amur tiger, the largest in the world, lives in the Russian Far East. It is listed in the international Red Book. In the middle of the 20th century, the uncontrolled shooting of Amur tigers led to the almost complete destruction of the population. According to the latest data, up to 600 individuals (95% of the world population) live in the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District. In 2013, at the initiative of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Amur Tiger Center was created, which is engaged in protecting and expanding the habitats of these predators.

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