Maritime protection of wildlife experts and environmentalists have begun the second stage of the counting listed in the Red Book of Amur tigers in the footsteps in the snow in the Primorsky and Khabarovsk territories, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday, the program coordinator of the Amur branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia biodiversity Cand Dr. Sergei Aramilev.
"The annual account of tigers in the snow on the trail was held in December, and now leads him preliminary results. Meanwhile, has already begun the first of this year's monitoring of these predators. It runs at 16 sites, 11 of which are located in Primorye and five — in Khabarovsk Territory "- a spokesman said.
According to him, counting, at different sites will be held at different times, but in the first of these records Tiger has already begun. His employee of the Office of the Ministry of Wildlife Management Agency Maritime and Khabarovsk krai nature with an expert and financial support WWF.
"However, monitoring of tigers is using camera traps placed in the reserves and in the territories of hunting leases," — he added.
According to WWF Russia's all-time record-keeper will monitor about 250 routes, surveying an area of 23.555 square kilometers, accounting for 15-18% of the total area of tiger habitat.
Siberian tiger lives in the Russian Far East — the Khabarovsk and Primorsky regions. In the middle of XIX century the Russian population was more than one thousand individuals. Predation and destruction of its habitat led to that hundred letkolichestvo individuals decreased to 50, and the Siberian tiger found in the 40-ies of XX century on the brink of extinction. After the measures the population size was increased. Recent surveys show that the predator population has stabilized at around 450 individuals.