Primorsky scientists fear tiger competition with leopard
The Land of Leopard National Park scientists and their partners are doing research to support a program of peaceful coexistence of the tiger and leopard species in the nature conservancy zone, the Primorsky territory administration said.
A survey done by the scientists and environmentalists in February 2013 shows an increase in the population of Amur tigers and Far Eastern leopards in the park.
Specialists fear that the growing population of the predators may enhance their competition for food and territory.
"The National Park scientific division and its partners are doing research, which will lay the groundwork for peaceful coexistence of the big cats," the report said.
The Far Eastern leopard population grew from 35 to 48-50, but scientists argued that "even 50 leopards was a catastrophically small number for keeping their population steady."
The Amur tiger population is estimated at 450-500 in the Khabarovsk and Primorsky territories.
The Land of Leopard National Park was established two years ago to preserve the populations of Far Eastern leopards and Amur tigers. The National Park incorporated the lands of the Kedrovaya Pad' conservancy area and the Leopardovy nature reserve.
The Land of Leopard stretches out into the Nadezhdinsky and Khasansky districts of the Primorsky territory, the Frunzensky district of Vladivostok and Ussuriysk. The National Park has a territory of 262,000 hectares.