A tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has triggered a search in China.
The Siberian tiger had been spotted at the Taipinggou nature park in Luobei county, Heilongjiang province, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing Chen Zhigang, director of the reserve.
Forestry officers have been sent to remove any traps and set up cameras. They have ben told to notify local farmers about the tiger’s presence.
Chen said food should not be a problem for the tiger because the 20,000-hectare reserve has rich wildlife.
“If necessary, we can release cattle to feed it,” he said
Russian media reported that the animal was among three rare Siberian tigers set free by Putin in May. The tracking device showed the young tiger crossed the border into China.
Fewer than 500 Siberian tigers remain in the wild, mainly in eastern Russia, northeast China and northern parts of the Korean peninsula.
China between 18 and 22 Siberian tigers, mostly in the border areas.
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