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Vladik the tiger that stalked the city of Vladivostok is released back into the wild

By Olga Gertcyk
18 May 2017

Hungry big cat caused panic in the city last autumn, but has now been released in a remote area far from people.

The big cat - one of between 480 and 540 adults living in the wild - has been released into the Bikin National Reserve. Picture: 'Tigr' rehabilitation centre

The endangered tiger was the first to stalk the city in 40 years - and his sighting between 5 and 19 miles from downtown led to fears for the safety of children going to school.

The starving tiger was caught after being spotted near a roadside by a motorist, after many earlier sightings. He was prepared for reentry to the wild at a rehabilitation centre when checks were made that hew as capable of hunting.

The big cat - one of between 480 and 540 adults living in the wild - has been released into the Bikin National Reserve.

Vladik the tiger that stalked the city of Vladivostok is released back into the wild
Moments before release.  Picture: 'Tigr' rehabilitation centre


Sergey Aramilev, director, Far Eastern department of  the Amur Tiger centre, said: 'Vladik is a mysterious tiger.

'We don't know how he ended up in Vladivostok. However, his physical condition fits the requirements for releasing an adult tiger in the wild. 

'As we know, male tigers can travel huge huge distances. 

'That's why, given his past and passion for city life, we decided to take him to the most remote area of wild taiga with a big number of hoofed ungulates as a food supply.

'I hope he'll stay there, won't go too far and will increase the number of tigers in Bikin national reserve.' 

Vladik the tiger that stalked the city of Vladivostok is released back into the wild


Vladik the tiger that stalked the city of Vladivostok is released back into the wild


Vladik the tiger that stalked the city of Vladivostok is released back into the wild
A GPS collar was attached to the tiger to track his movements. Pictures: 'Tigr' rehabilitation centre


Alexey Kudryavtsev, director of the Bikin national reserve, said: 'This particular area is not inhabited by other male tigers or other large predators, but at the same time it has quite a lot of hoofed ungulates and is far from residential settlements.'

The tiger didn't disappear in the forest straight after he was released. He spent some time walking around the place where he was released, after he was flown in by helicopter. 

A GPS collar was attached to the tiger to track his movements. 

Vladik the tiger that stalked the city of Vladivostok is released back into the wild
'Given his past and passion for city life, we decided to take him to the most remote area of wild taiga.' Picture: 'Tigr' rehabilitation centre


Separately, a tigress - found as an emaciated five month old cub whose mother was slaughtered by poachers - has been released into the wild. 

She went to the village of Filippovka in search for food and was attacked by local dogs. 

Residents rescued the cub and reported her to authorities. After 14 months rehabilitation, she was ready to hunt. 

The tigress - now named Filippa, after the village -  was released into the Dichun reserve in the Jewish Autonomous Region.

Aramilev said: 'We are hoping that Filippa will get used to the Jewish Autonomous Region and will increase the number of tigers there.' 

Viktor Kuzmenko, director of the Tiger Centre, said: 'The tigress is feeling well, she is active and is roaring in her crate.

'She can't wait to be free again. We are hoping she'll get used to the new place soon, and will have cubs in the future.' 

Separately, a tigress - found as an emaciated five month old cub whose mother was slaughtered by poachers - has been released into the wild. 


Separately, a tigress - found as an emaciated five month old cub whose mother was slaughtered by poachers - has been released into the wild. Separately, a tigress - found as an emaciated five month old cub whose mother was slaughtered by poachers - has been released into the wild. 


Separately, a tigress - found as an emaciated five month old cub whose mother was slaughtered by poachers - has been released into the wild. Separately, a tigress - found as an emaciated five month old cub whose mother was slaughtered by poachers - has been released into the wild. 
Filippa the tigress. Pictures: 'Tigr' rehabilitation centre


It is hoped she will play a key role in restoring the population of the Siberian - or Amur - tiger population which is now recovering. 

Pavel Fomenko, head of the Amur branch of WWF Russia, said: 'One of the aims of relocating rehabilitated animals is trying to enlarge the group of tigers living across the extreme west part of their habitat, on the border the Jewish autonomous region and Amur region.

'There are about 10 predators living there now. 

'We hope that they will live in territories where the tigers lived historically, first of all that is left shore of the Amur River in Khabarovsk region.'

Comments (7)

Trés bonne chose de retourner ce tigre à l'endroit naturel ou il lui est possible de vivre sans importuner la population trop proche bonne chance à ceux qui ont facilité ce tour de force
Liguori leclerc, trois-Riviéres, quebec
26/05/2017 02:04
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It's wonderful to see the work and effort that goes in to making the beautiful endangered animals safe and relocated, Thank you for all you do!
Ann Cullen, UK
19/05/2017 23:53
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Big respect to all the hard working people trying to save the remaining tigers. However, I am afraid it will not help a lot. I saw this documentary from a Korean man named Sooyong Park. He spent years in Siberia filming the tigers. Nearly all tigers that he filmed were poached. This place is really a poachers paradise. No anti-poaching teams, no rangers, no army, the government is doing absolutely nothing. A remaining population of 480 - 540 tigers is ridiculous. More likely the numbers are between 250 - 300 and declining rapidly. If nothing is done, the tigers will be extinct there within 3 - 5 years. Putin should act now and bring in the army. Kill poachers on the spot or capture them and send them to Black Dolphin prison for 30 years!
W. van Beek, Netherlands
19/05/2017 18:37
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Grand merci pour ce sauvetage !

God bless you
Somville Marie-Jeanne, Geraardsbergen Belgium
19/05/2017 16:09
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Wonderful work,thank you for your efforts. I would live to follow the stories of these two tigers !
Debbie Brewer, Port Gibson,New York,USA
19/05/2017 13:12
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Two wonderful stories of the release of tigers back into their natural wild habitat. I wish them a long and fruitful life and hope that they will help in increasing the population of wild tigers in this part of Russia. Thanks also to the excellent work that the local authorities are doing to help save these magnificent big cats from extinction.
www.tigersintheforest.com
Michael Vickers, UK
19/05/2017 12:57
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I hope they stay far from cities and add to the beautiful wild life of Suberia not many but important that they do not go extinct Thank you for your good work
Patricua gothard, Laguna woods CA USA
19/05/2017 09:23
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