On the morning of the 26th, the Heilongjiang Forestry and Grassland Bureau carried out a report on the rescue of wild Siberian tigers. According to the report, the name of the “Tiger Breaking into the Village and Wounding People” has been identified as Wandashan No. 1. The tiger weighs 450 kg, male, 2-3 years old, with good nutritional status and strong body. At present, this tiger is in a state of fully enclosed isolation. The isolation area has a 24-hour full monitoring, and a dedicated person is responsible for feeding. The animal inspection and quarantine department conducts a 45-day quarantine and observation of the tiger, and records and observes the tiger’s daily diet, defecation, and roaring behavior.
Release as soon as possible is the best option. Of course, we must study the natural conditions of the release site in advance. Including: whether there are enough natural prey (large ungulates), whether other adult male tigers have occupied the release area, whether there is the possibility of other females near the release area, and whether it is far enough from human settlements and villages. If the first three conditions are negative, the tigers will continue to migrate after being released, and it is inevitable that they will come into contact with people again during the migration process, and accidents will occur. Many netizens believe that this tiger has attacked humans and therefore cannot be released or should be released after “reserving the species”. Both of these two perceptions are problematic. First, the tiger’s two attacks were not hunting behaviors, but threatening and driving away behaviors after stress. Just because it was a tiger, it looked terrifying, but its behavior had no intention of using humans as prey. This is fundamentally different from cannibalism and hunting. Second, the Siberian tigers in captivity in my country do not lack genetic diversity at all. If the species is reserved for mating, the captive time will inevitably be extended. The longer it is in captivity, the more difficult it will be to release it. At the same time, the tiger will become more familiar with humans, lose fear of humans, and even approach humans on the initiative. After such a tiger is released, the possibility of accidents will greatly increase. After all, not everyone is a breeder. After all, not everyone knows how to face and touch a tiger correctly. When the contact method is incorrect, you will be frightened. The tiger will still choose to defend itself, but when it no longer fears humans, it may not fall down and leave. Therefore, I reiterate my point: After the quarantine is over, it is best to wear a radio collar, release it in a suitable place as soon as possible and follow up for long-term testing. Once it is found that it is close to the human settlement again, it can be expelled in advance.