"Uporny" lives up to its name

  • 31.07.2015
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"Uporny" lives up to its name

After the release, the male Amur tiger began to actively explore new territory.  After a month and a half of wandering, Uporny found his temporary shelter in the Anyui National Park.

According to the data obtained with the help of a collar with a GPS module, as of July 22, 2015, the Tiger Uporny is located within the boundaries of the Anyui National Park.

“Employees of the Russian Academy of Sciences provided scientific support for the very process of graduation, and now we are helping to monitor the future activities of Uporny in the wild.  As long as everything goes according to plan.  The collar consistently gives signals, which allows us to speak with a high degree of confidence about the physiological state of the predator and its location in the planned territory.  Now, tiger tracking is carried out by employees of the conflict resolution group under the Government of the Khabarovsk Krai with the support of our and other organizations.  At the slightest threat to the population, adequate decisions will be made.  There are no threats so far.” – says Alexey Kostyrya, Senior Researcher, Institute of Biology and Soil Science, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Recall that on May 28, the Government of the Khabarovsk Krai, with the support of the Amur Tiger Center and the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, after a period of adaptation, the male Amur tiger was released, received for its behavior the name Persistent, in the Tiger House,  located on the border with the national park Anyui.

“The release of the Tiger Uporny in the territory of the Khabarovsk Krai, in my opinion, was carried out according to correct and logical procedures for making an administrative decision, which should later be fixed by special standards.  The decision on its catching, content and release was carried out collectively, taking into account the opinions of all authorized bodies and public organizations involved in the protection of a rare predator.” – Pavel Fomenko.

The decision on the place and date of release of Uporny into nature was made by the Government of the Khabarovsk Krai after consultation with experts from the Interdepartmental Working Group, which has been operating under the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Khabarovsk Krai for two years.

“While Uporny pleases us, he avoids people and keeps himself in very hard-to-reach places, while avoiding any anthropogenic infrastructure in every possible way.  For all the time elapsed since its release, he never followed the roads, even abandoned logging.  On the other hand, it seriously hampers the work of the consolidated group, which monitors its movements.  Sometimes they have to overcome on difficult terrain up to 20 km to the fixed locations to check what the tiger was doing there.  Wish were June-July rains that made part of the mountain rivers insurmountable.  Nevertheless, experts note that in the places that Uporny visited and the researchers managed to check out, the numbers of wild boar and red deer were quite high. So he does not have to starve.” – Sergey Aramilev,  Director of the Primorsky Branch of the Amur Tiger Center.

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