Supplemental Feeding & Anti-Poaching
Wild Amur tigers suffer from a severe loss of natural prey like deer and wild boar. Prey numbers decline because of excessive hunting and poaching by humans, competition with livestock over food and habitat degradation. UTYOS works together with the local community to protect tiger prey species. Supplementary feeding during the harshest season help ensure tigers will not starve and avoid human-animal conflict.
WCS research has demonstrated that human-caused mortality accounts for 75-85% of all Amur tiger deaths. Sikhote-Alin Natural Reserve has thousands of acres of wilderness and for a handful of UTYOS staff it’s just impossible to be at all places at once. UTYOS has only four cameras traps set to monitor wildlife, that have, however, proven to be a great tool for “discouraging” poachers and recording those, whose greed is stronger than the fear of being caught.