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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin’s Radio-Tracked Tiger Lost in Far East

VLADIVOSTOK — An environmentalist said Wednesday that a rare Siberian tiger fitted with a radio-tracking collar by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has vanished.

Vladimir Krever, of the World Wildlife Fund, said the satellite-tracking device has been silent since mid-September, possibly because of battery failure, a broken collar or poachers.

Putin shot the 5-year-old female tiger with a tranquilizer gun last year and helped place the transmitter around her neck. Visitors to his web site have been able to follow the animal as it prowled the Far East.