An individual male Siberian tiger spotted nearly 800 miles beyond its usual habitat in the region that is coldest and most permanently inhabited.
Footage depicts the large cat’s footprints deep within Yakutia (also known as the Sakha Republic), Russia’s most populous region.
This is the first sighting of the threatened Amur Tigers, the largest cat in the world, in the region for over 50 years. It also marks the most recent account of an animal leaving Siberia.
According to the crow’s flight, 790 miles is the distance the predator travels from the closest point at which the tigers live. However, it will take the animal significantly more.
One male Siberian Tiger has been spotted 800 miles from its normal habitat, the coldest region in which it is permanently resident. Pictured: The tiger’s paw print in Yakutia, the Sakha Republic
This is the first sighting of the threatened Amur Tigers, the largest cat in the world, in the region for over 50 years. It also marks the most recent account of an animal leaving Siberia. (stock photo).
There are 600 Amur Tigers still living in Russia. They can be found in Russia’s far East, north of Vladivostok (the country’s Pacific capital), and some others in North Korea and northeastern China.
However, this wandering Tiger is not far from this area and lies only 300-miles south of where a lost Polar bear was located in May. The latter had traveled from the Arctic to make a 1,950-mile journey in the same region.
Andrey Ivanov of Russia’s Aerial forest Protection Service found trace evidence of the big cat at Bollokhtokh, River in South-eastern Yakutia.
But this wandering tiger is far to the north of this and only 300 miles or so south from where a lost polar bear was found in May, having ventured south from the Arctic on a 1,950 mile odyssey in the same region
He described how the dog ran away as soon as it smelled the tiger.
He stated, “My dog sniffed out the footprints. The hair of its head got all bristled and it ran immediately.”
“Each footprint measures 15 cm in length and 12 cm in width.
These paw prints show that the species has been successful in recovering from poaching, which occurred late Soviet-era.
The tigers were likely to have been seen on their trek earlier in October near Shantarskie Islands, Khabarovsk. This was when Mikhail Korostelev photographed them. It was approximately 260 miles away from where the northernmost point that tigers usually live.
This is most likely because the tiger was seen on its previous trek near Khabarovsk’s Shantarskie islands. Pictured: A tiger’s paw print in the village of Chumikan, Khabarovsk
A tiger, presumably the same as the one that was captured in October close to Chumikan (240 miles north) was taken.
Alexander Batalov director of Durminskoye forest hunt range said that “Tigers are flexible” and they can adapt to any environment.
“The continuous search for territory unoccupied by males results in them appearing at unusual locations.
“Where’s the Tiger Going?”
“It won’t travel further north.
“Perhaps it’ll turn to Amur Region or return to Sea of Okhotsk, Khabarovsk Region.”
More sightings of the tiger are possible.
Tompa, a lost polar bear that scientists have struggled to identify, was taken by helicopter to Moscow Zoo.
Reports say that the bear tried to flee from the zoo after being placed once more.