Wolves and tiger afflict Russian region
A village in the east of Russia has been trouble with big predators. A tiger attacked several dogs in a village in the Russian region Primorje, and wolves hunt on their livestock –The Moscow Times reports this tuesday.
Gamekeepers found traces of a big tiger – probably a young, or injured one. The animal carried away chained dogs out of the village.
There has been tried to drive out the predator. “If that won’t succeed, we will capture him and relocate him to a remote location or to a rescue center”, a local functionary says.
In the same area, farmers have been complaining about wolves attacking cattle. The governance gave permission to shoot the wolves down.
How ironical that for two predators doing the same thing – damage to a village his properties -, they have such opposing solutions. I was hopeful and surprised when I read they were going to relocate or shelter the tiger instead of killing it. But of course, just kill the wolves, eh. Because we all know that relocating these vicious, murderous animals won’t help and they will come back and find you and revenge you by eating your children (and maybe grandma as well) when you sleep, derp.
Siberian Tigers are an extremely endangered and protected species. Wolves are not. In fact, in much of Russia wolves are very overpopulated which is what’s causing them to attack livestock in the first place.
Relocation isn’t as simple as people think. What if there’s nowhere else suitable for these wolves to go? What if they don’t have the available funding and resources to relocate the wolves as well? Is relocation really in the best interest of the wolves?
Relocation isn’t always the best thing. Wolves have a strict territory, and when you remove them from it and place them elsewhere you have to make sure there are no other humans in the area that will cause conflict, other wise you are just passing on the problem. There must also be no other wolves in the area, but there must still be enough prey and other necessary resources. I’m going to guess there’s very few places like this that haven’t already been colonized by a pack, especially with the overpopulation problem in much of Russia.
When you move an animal into another area they will also be very disorientated and will have no idea where to find food, shelter and water in the new environment. This can cause a lot of stress and difficulty for the animals. Canids often do not cope well with relocation.
There’s also no guarantee they will stay where they are relocated to. They may not like the area they are taken to or may even try to get back to their established territory. This erratic movement in an unfamiliar environment often leads to the death of relocated canids as they cross roads and come into conflict with people along the way.
It’s not as simple as relocation = good, killing = bad. There’s a lot of factors that need to be taken into account when deciding on whether to relocate or not. Personally I tend to disagree with the relocation of canids in situations like this as it often isn’t in the best interest of the animal and still frequently leads to their deaths.
Thanks a lot! Could have come up with parts of this myself - I think I should forbid myself to blog in the morning before I had my first coffee, lol.
Anyway, reading your reply raised some questions that have been in the back of my mind for a while but didn’t have the time to do research about:
The described problems of relocating canids – how do they deal with this when reintroducing wolves into the wild? I guess that’s pretty much an alike situation; the wolves being disorientated, not knowing where to find food, etc. Also, making sure there are no humans or other wolves in the area, make sure there’s enough prey etc. Of course that will probably be less of a problem in regions where there isn’t any overpopulation – on the contrary actually, because that’s probably one of the main reasons they were reintroduced there.
Reintroduction tends to be more successful as they have a lot of funding and resources to put into to make sure it goes well (where as groups relocating usually wont have anything like the same funding.) As you said, they are also moving them into an area where there are no wolves at all (and presumably haven’t been for a long time), so the environment is perfect for them and they can readily adapt to the new place.
It’s been a while since I’ve watched any documentaries on the subject, but if I remember rightly the first Yellowstone wolves were kept in a large pen for an extended period of time to get used to the new environment before being given their freedom. A soft release like this tends to be much more effective.
Avoiding conflict with humans is probably the biggest issue facing both relocation and reintroduction. There so few wilderness areas where wolves and other canids can go and not encounter humans. Even if they avoid humans the attitude of people in the area can still be a barrier. It’s a difficult issue for sure.
if anything is “over populated” in this world it’s the human race. Animals are NOT wild or out of control. they were NEVER meant to be “in control” humans wish they could control everything. you can only relocate animals so far until the next city encroaches on their hunting ground. human population is the worlds greatest problem the rest of the animal kingdom is simply trying to survive while they still can.
remember, having a job is a privilege NOT a right if you’re not willing to your job why should you even be paid? your race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability have nothing to do with your work ethic. what people dont understand is our society is built like a bee hive. we are all drone workers; we fill positions, we punch in clocks, we do our jobs, we go home, eat, sleep, repeat. if one of us dies they’ll replace us in a matter of weeks sometimes days with another person who will be trained the exact way we were and they will do the exact same things we do. some people try to make work TOO personal as if its their “RIGHT” to have a job. i work hard because i know for a fact that “James” down the street could easily fill my position. we’re all replaceable! (there’s 7 billion people on Earth at least half, if not MORE than half those people are just as capable as i am) there’s always going to be someone out there, smarter, stronger, nicer, quicker, more educated, more high in demand and willing to do my job. in this world my individuality means nothing and i know that. im not special, work is no place for egos. but if you wanna hit the club and act like you’re the shit then go for it! but in “the hive” fill your position and go home, then you have the remanding 16 hours of your day to do what ever the hell you want. doing anything more than that just makes life complicated for everybody.
This is you. This is where all your thoughts are kept. Every other part of your body is used to protect and sustain this.
I want to cry
it’s weirdly comforting to know that all of the meaningless bullshit society judges me on is just a meatsuit made to support the terrifying tentacle beast that is my true form
THAT LAST COMMENT. BAM.
actually memories are stored in all over your tissues as well. muscle memory is evidence of that. which is why people who go through heart transplants often have changes in diet, choices of music and vocabulary. who we are as people lives in every single inch of our bodies, not just our nervous system.
its a very awkward feeling. like im hungry but dont want to eat, im tired but i dont want to sleep, im angry but perfectly contempt, im happy but i dont know why, i just want to stop thinking about trying to stop thinking.
Angus beef smothered in Demi, with a loaded potato, rice and green beans. :) an excellent lunch. I don’t even remember chewing.
Photo with 2 notes
Evy: Are you like a crazy person
V: I’m quite sure they will say so.
High-five for open minded people
this is cute and also observe: sometimes people aren’t being deliberately close-minded and douchey about issues like sexuality etc. ok sometimes they just need somebody to patiently and politely explain things to them
best thing is not what is said, but what is realized.
everything this man knew about human relations just got blown out of his mind!…ahhh how cute.
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