1. Kraï de Khabarovsk : recherche difficile (et pour l'heure infructueuse) d'un mangeur de chiens.
Game managers and specialists of the Khabarovsk Territory Ministry of Natural Resources are trying to capture the Amur tiger that attacked dogs near the villages of Blagodatnoye and Knyaze-Volkonskoye.
On 21 December, using tracking technique, members of the rapid response group forced the tiger into the Khekhtsirsky Nature Sanctuary and decided to wait for him in the villages. They started hunting down the tiger when it left the reserve again.
“The tiger is constantly on the move, and it is hard to determine its location for this reason. Local residents are making our task more complicated by refusing to keep their dogs away. We are hoping they will eventually help us,” said Dmitry Styazhkin, manager at the Amur Tiger Centre for environmental projects in the Khabarovsk Territory.
Service members of the Knyaze-Volkonsky garrison in the Khabarovsk Territory have been instructed on what to do if they accidentally encounter the tiger.
Special instructions have been given to the mounted guards, military personnel at checkpoints and units at the Knyaze-Volkonsky testing grounds.
The service members are not allowed to move about alone and should take special caution until the tiger is caught. “If they see the tiger, they should promptly report this to the services on duty rather than use weapons.”
Local residents have been also advised to follow certain rules of conduct in the predator’s habitat, report all of its attacks on people and pets, and not to prevent game managers from catching it.
“For the time being, experts believe that the tiger attacked pets because it was sick or injured, or because it is a teenager. In this case it will return. The tiger should be by all means removed from the wild for its own safety and put into a rehabilitation centre where a decision on its fate will be made,” said Sergei Aramilev, director General of the Amur Tiger Centre.
2. Oblast du Birobidjan. Un jeune tigre, "Vostok", observé dans la réserve Bastak pour la première fois depuis plus d'un an. Son "invisibilité" entre le 17 décembre 2016 et le 20 décembre 2017 avait fait supposer qu'il avait quitté la région...
On 20-23 December 2017, the winter route wildlife count was held at the Bastak Nature Reserve, which included checking the trail cameras. Several images showed Vostok the tiger, one of the cubs of Zolushka and Zavetny. He was born in late August-early September 2015.
Vostok was captured by a camera trap for the first time on 2 December 2015 at the age of 3-3.5 months in the middle reaches of the Bastak River. The next image of the tiger was received on 17 December 2016 at the head of the Pravy Bastak River. Then the tiger was not seen for a year, and prior to the last count experts thought he had left the area.
3. Oblast de l'Amour. Retour de tigres dans cette région. Ils en avaient disparu depuis la deuxième moitié du siècle dernier, ainsi que de la petite région autonome juive du Birobidjan. A nouveau présents dans la seconde depuis les années 2010 ("La véritable force" mis en ligne le 6 décembre), ils font désormais leur réapparition dans la première.
The tracks of a big adult male tiger were found in the Khingan Nature Reserve in the Amur Region. According to Vyacheslav Kastrikin, deputy director for research at the reserve, the tiger may be a potential mate for five-year-old Ilona, the tigress released into the wild by President of Russia Vladimir Putin in 2014.
“A big adult male walked a couple dozen kilometres from the spot where Ilona was. By tiger standards, it is close. We went to the spot to collect biological material,” Kastrikin noted, adding that this could be Kuzya, another tiger released by the President.
Kuzya’s tracking collar stopped working and his location is now unknown.
According to the deputy director, the genetic code from the collected biological material will be checked in Moscow at the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution. The results of the research will be announced in January.
Les tigres de l'Amour semblent donc désormais présents (comme ils l'étaient jusqu'aux premières décennies du siècle dernier) dans les Kraïs du Primoryé et de Khabarovsk, et dans les oblasts du Birobidjan et de l'Amour.
Situation de l'oblast de l'Amour en Russie.
4. Kraï du Primoryé. Un léopard se fait voler le fruit de sa chasse par un automobiliste "opportuniste"... Voir le détail dans "The Siberian Times" de ce jour.