VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, June 17 (UPI) -- Tiger conservationists in Russia report that between 334-417 adult tigers remain in the Siberian region, along with 97-112 cubs.
The results of the tally are preliminary, but the totals are believed to be higher than last year's count.
To determine numbers of tigers in the remote, densely forested Far East region, researchers sent out nearly 1,000 fieldworkers to survey the entire region where tigers are believed to live, the World Wildlife Federation said.
Some of the fieldworkers spent months in the field and covered much of the area by foot, ski, snowmobile and car.
"This tiger survey represents a milestone in cooperative, international conservation efforts, with full political support from both regional and national governmental bodies of the Russian Federation, as well as financial and technical support from the international conservation community," said Dale Miquelle, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Russia Program.