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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tigers and Vultures Feel the Cold Snap

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East — Endangered vultures and tigers are among the latest victims of a bout of very cold weather in the Far East this winter.

The icy weather is threatening a rare species of vulture and has brought a surge in clashes between snow tigers desperate for food and humans, wildlife custodians said Tuesday.

Rangers from Russia’s Tiger Department, a group assigned to protect endangered species, discovered a mass death of vultures in the Far East because of a lack of food after thick snow covered the carrion the birds eat.

With temperatures plunging to minus 25 degrees Celsius in the Primorye region, this bird population is facing extinction, the statement said.

The freeze also forced Amur snow tigers out of their forests to approach human dwellings in search of food.

The wild cats have attacked a lumberjack and dogs, cows and sheep in eight cases since November. The attacks came at a higher than usual rate because the cold has aggravated the tigers, said Boris Litvinov, chief of a local group set up to track down dangerous tigers.