02.09.2021
Home for the Amur tiger
It is necessary to review all logging contracts in the Amur tiger habitat from the perspective of human and tiger safety.
A few days ago, the staff of our holding returned from another Tigrus expedition from Anyuysky National Park. During an excursion to Nanaysky district tragic events occurred - a man and a tiger were killed... Here is an assessment of the events by Victor Nikiforov, Director of Nature Conservation of the Tigrus Foundation

HOME FOR THE AMUR TIGER...

We were working in Nanaysky district, Khabarovsk region, when a Siberian tiger killed a man in a forest patch at night and was shot by hunters shortly after.

In my work I deal with conflicts between people and large predators (for example, polar bears), let us try to look at this tragic case.

In 100 years, the world population of tigers has declined from 100,000 (rough estimate) to 3,200 in 2010... Whose fault is that? Hunters and poachers? Only in part...

The main reason for the tiger's disappearance is that it simply NO PLACE TO LIVE. 97% of its habitat has been lost - people have cut down forests, built cities and towns, built roads...

The situation in the Russian Far East was still relatively benign compared to, say, India, where the population is 1.4 billion, but even here resources quickly run out when you have a neighbor like China next to you...

In the last 20 years, cedar, oak and walnut forests have been ruthlessly cut down - illegally and OFFICIALLY - for food for ungulates (food for the tiger). The Amur tiger is left without food and without a home...

People are encroaching more and more into the tiger forest without much regard for its inhabitants. The Amur tiger does not often show aggression towards people - usually old, weakened and wounded tigers come to the settlements. But the man HAS to come close to the tiger...

I mentioned the polar bear, where conflicts with humans are well known. Companies operating in the Arctic have to spend a lot of money to make sure predators do not have access to humans...

In the Nanaysky District and elsewhere, companies that log tiger forests care only about their profits, "forgetting" to protect personnel and forgetting that they are invading the tiger's home. And that leads to dead people and dead tigers on the Red List...

It is necessary to review all logging contracts in the Amur tiger habitat from the point of view of human and tiger safety.

Photo from the Internet.