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New Sightings of 'Putin's Tigers' Are Good News for Conservation in Russia

New Sightings of 'Putin's Tigers' Are Good News for Conservation in Russia

By Adam C. Stein, Vyacheslav Kastrikin and Aleksey Antonov Various independent sightings confirm that several of "Putin's tigers"—after nearly a year of hiding in the shadows—are alive and well in Amur Oblast Province of the Russian Far East. The first report came near the eve of the New Year from the Khingano-Arkaharinsky Federal Refuge, where Alexander Bochkarev—the former director of Khingansky Nature Reserve—discovered the fresh trail of an adult male tiger. It is speculated that the tracks belonged to one of the released males, Kuzya. Nearly three weeks later, locals reported fresh tiger tracks also belonging to a male near the Khingan River, which marks the boundary between Amur Oblast and the Jewish Autonomous Republic. Around the same time, a villager stumbled across tiger tracks roughly 20 kilometers (approximately 12.4 miles) to the northwest, on the border of Kh...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/tiger-conservation-russia-253022...

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