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The first tiger claw camera trapped in the wild in northeast China

A lovely tiger was clawing on the tree, captured by the monitoring camera in Hunchun Municipal Forestry Bureau on May 21, 2017 . The fantastic video of tiger marking territory was shared on the annual autumn data sharing seminar of the camera trap monitoring network in Jilin province during August 31 to September 1, 2017. It is the first visualized tiger claw in the wild in China. As a regular seminar in spring and autumn intervals each year, the camera trap data in autumn 2016 was exchanged and analyzed among the six monitoring sectors.

“The tiger claw video is a great gift to our team in the camera monitoring initiative,” Jiang Jinsong, the leading facilitator of camera trap tiger monitoring network in Jilin province, said, ”Such a behavior indicates the tiger lives quite well in this area.”

This tiger is registered as T24 in the individual identification-based camera trap monitoring database. It was firstly recorded in Hunchun Municipal Forestry Bureau area on November 17, 2015. The tiger has dispersed across the Hunchun-Dongning road to the Sandaogou-Erdaogou-Heshan-Dahuanggou area in Hunchun and Wanqqing, 40-60 kilometers away from the China-Russian border.

“Nearly two years settlement of this male tiger is very important for establishing a new breeding tiger population cohabitating 1-2 adult females with breeding signs in the Sandaogou-Erdaogou-Heshan-Dahuanggou area,” Chang Youde, Amur tiger population monitoring manager of WWF Northeast Programme Office, added.

Since 2012, together with Jilin Forestry department and local forestry bureaus and nature reserves, WWF has promoted the camera monitoring network in Jilin province, including Jilin Hunchun Amur Tiger National Reserve, Hunchun Municipal Forestry Bureau, Wangqing Forestry Bureau, Wangqing County Forestry Bureau, Tianqiaoling Forestry Bureau, and Huangnihe Forestry Bureau (Figure 2). The monitoring network currently consists of 250 camera spots with covering 2,200-2,500 square kilometers of existing occupied habitat in Jilin province. It has about sixty camera trap monitoring staff specialists.

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