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Studying tigers in Montana?

Missoula, Montana is not exactly the place I think of when it comes to tigers.  I have seen some crazy sights in the “Zoo” but never a tiger.  However, Missoula is home to the University of Montana, popular for wildlife biology students.  Three tiger experts from China and Russia have been continuing their wildlife biology education in Missoula.   These researchers are have been collecting and providing valuable data toward their study of tigers.  Their studies at the University could help them provide cruical components toward saving tigers, as well as their habitats.

“The first thing you need to know about tigers: They like to eat bears.”

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“The second thing: They’re best studied in Missoula, Montana.”

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“Despite being half a planet away from the nearest wild tiger habitat, experts from Bhutan, China and Russia have come to the University of Montana to sharpen their wildlife biology skills.”

“Two weeks ago, Tshering Tempa became the first student from Bhutan to complete a doctoral degree at UM. Dina Mathiukina is a senior research biologist at the Land of the Leopard National Park near Vladivostok studying Amur tigers and Amur leopards (a big cat even more endangered than tigers). And Wenhong Xiao is a post-doctoral researcher just across the border monitoring the Amur tigers that prowl between China and Russia.”

“Preserving tigers in places where ever-increasing numbers of humans reside means different things in different places.”

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