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Amur tiger caught in Russian Far East sent to natural reserve away from people

October 30, 2016, 5:55 UTC+3 VLADIVOSTOK

The tiger was caught near Vladivostok on October 26 after he killed a cow in a residential area

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VLADIVOSTOK, October 30. /TASS/. The Amur tiger caught on October 26 near Vladivostok has been sent to Primorsky Krai’s Anuchinsky district for permanent residence, Viktor Kuzmenko, director at the Center for rehabilitation and reintroduction of tigers and other animals, told TASS on Sunday.

"The tiger is being sent to the Anuchinsky district today, where he will be released on a scarcely populated territory," Kuzmenko said.

Sergey Aramilev, director of the Far Eastern department of the "Amur Tiger Center", told TASS that the place where the tiger will be released is near the Ussurisky Nature Reserve. There are many ungulates on this territory. "We will monitor the tiger’s movements with the help of a GPS collar. If the tiger approaches residential areas, we will know this very soon and will be able to send a group of specialists there," Aramilev said.

The tiger was caught near Vladivostok on October 26 after he killed a cow in a residential area. The animal was caught and taken to the Center for rehabilitation and reintroduction of tigers and other animals in the settlement of Alexeyevka. After inspecting the animal, specialists said the tiger may be released into the wild.

The Amur tiger is on the Red Book of Endangered Species. According to 2015 estimates, there are around 480-540 Amur tigers left in the wild, with 90% of them living on the territory of Russian Far Eastern Primorsky and Khabarovsk region.

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