EARTH WIRE -- Wild Siberian tiger spotted in NE China forest

EARTH WIRE -- Wild Siberian tiger spotted in NE China forest

Siberia tiger. (wwf.org)

Harbin (ANTARA News) - A wild Siberian tiger was spotted in a forestry farm in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang on Sunday, forestry officials said.

Forestry staff with Xiaobeihu Forestry Farm found traces of the wild cat in a snowy area and sent pictures to the Feline Research Center under the State Forestry Administration, which confirmed that the cat was a male wild Siberian tiger.

Forestry staff later found footage of the tiger on CCTV footage from June and September, and the tiger has been recorded numerous other times since 2015, indicating that it has settled in China.

Authorities installed two more infrared cameras at the forestry farm after the recent discovery, in addition to the existing 68 infrared cameras installed at 41 monitoring locations.

One of the worlds rarest animals, Siberian tigers mainly live in east Russia, northeast China and northern parts of the Korean Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Siberian tigers are believed to be left in the wild.

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