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The Siberian tiger clawed back more territory
Paw prints belonging to a Siberian tiger have been spotted in Russia’s largest province for the first time in 50 years, according to the country’s state-run news agency. The sighting in Sakha is a further sign that the big cats are recovering after being pushed to the brink of extinction.
Siberian tigers were once widespread in eastern Russia, northern China and the Korean Peninsula. But hunting and logging reduced their population to no more than 40 individuals by the 1940s.
The former Soviet Union became the first country to grant the tiger full protection, and president Putin has introduced tough penalties for those caught hunting the cats. Today, there are an estimated 600 Siberian tigers in the wild.
Source : https://www.positive.news