Mount Baekdu tiger attacks farmers in a village
According to local media in China, a 2-meter-long Mount Baekdu tiger appeared in a village in Heilongjiang northeastern China, at 7 a.m., causing the village to be devastated. The tiger came down to the village and ran at high speed to hit a vehicle. It also attacked a farmer who was working in the field and injured her. She was taken to a hospital for treatment. There were no casualties, Chinese state broadcaster CGTN reported.
A witness said he was terrified when he spotted the tiger. “The tiger turned in the direction of two villagers working in the field,” said Wang Xue, who had driven to the site to pick up a relative. “I shouted at them to run, but the tiger then ran straight in my direction. In two or three seconds, it ran over and pounced on my car, clawing at it with its paws.” Neither of the two car passengers were hurt. But the car’s exterior was heavily scratched, and the back passenger window was broken.
The local police told the villagers to return to their homes. “Close the windows and doors tightly. If you have any family members or friends working in the field, please let them know immediately,” the police announced.
Since then, the tiger had strolled around the village and fields. The capture operation was delayed while waiting for the tranquilizer gun to arrive, and then the tiger was reportedly tranquilized and captured around 9 p.m. on the same day. The capture took place 10 hours after the tiger appeared. A drone was even mobilized to identify the tiger’s movements. Some Chinese media did a live broadcast of the incident.
Experts said, “This village is close to the Sikhote-Alin Mountains in Russia, which is known as the main habitation area of Mout Baekdu tigers and some of the populations living in the region sometimes spread to this side (China) when they reach adulthood.” Since the early 2010s when the two governments established the Baekdu Mountain Tiger Reserve in the border area, the population of tigers has increased, and it often occurs that tigers appear in the border area between China and Russia.
Residents are now understandably anxious after it was reported that the tiger, which had been captured alive, was recently moved to Yanbian, Jilin Province.
[61st edition of Weeklymonda / June 14, 2021]
<저작권자 ⓒ 위클리먼데이 무단전재 및 재배포 금지>
많이 본 기사