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Arrest over Siberian tiger poaching after rare big cat 'violently killed' this year

By The Siberian Times reporter
05 October 2015

Police launch probe into slaughter of protected two year old animal 'riddled with bullets'.

The man claimed he found the pelt in 2006 before comprehensive bans on shooting the Siberian - or Amur - tiger were imposed. Picture: Ministry of Internal Affairs in Primorye

A man has been arrested after seeking to sell a tiger skin in the Russian Far East town of Nakhodka. The man claimed he found the pelt in 2006 before comprehensive bans on shooting the Siberian - or Amur - tiger were imposed.

But forensic analysis of the skin shows that the two year old tiger was 'violently killed in 2015', say reports. Police pointed to numerous holes in the skin consistent with being shot by poachers.

Tiger skin in Nakhodka


Tiger skin in Nakhodka

Forensic analysis of the skin shows that the two year old tiger was 'violently killed in 2015'. Pictures: Ministry of Internal Affairs in Primorye

Law enforcement officials launched a criminal investigation into the poaching incident. The man was arrested in Nakhodka where he attempted to sell the skin. 

Hunting the tiger is banned with sentences of up to three years in jail imposed on those found guilty of flouting the law. Fines of up to one million roubles can be imposed. 

Tiger skin in Nakhodka


Tiger skin in Nakhodka

The man was arrested in Nakhodka, in 180 kilometres from Vladivostok, where he attempted to sell the skin. Pictures: The Siberian Times

Siberian tigers - native to the Far East of Russia - are some of the rarest predators on Earth and are recovering after being on the verge of extinction. Some 500 animals now exist in the wild. But the species is yet not seen as secure for the future despite a gradual recovery in numbers. 

In August, vets failed in a ten-day attempt to save a badly injured Siberian tiger whose plight was reported around the world after she was shot. A cub was also shot dead in Khabarovsk region. Today's report is the third known tiger to be shot this year. 

In August, vets failed in a ten-day attempt to save a badly injured Siberian tiger. A cub was also shot dead in Khabarovsk region. Pictures: Amur Tiger Centre, Yury Zolotarev, Mikhail Stal

Siberian tiger shot


Amur tiger cub shot


Amur tiger cub shot

Comments (7)

Those criminals who attempt to shoot Tigers, the most beautiful feline in the planet, should be punished severely. I trust President Putin will enforce the most rigid & toughest jail penalty w/o parole, for all those evil poachers hunting this stunning animal in the way of extinction.
Piero Passarelli, New York, USA
12/05/2018 23:07
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Please stop killing these tigers.i know president putin respects wildlife conservation and he should make it a death penalty for anyone trying to harm these great animals.these tigers are far more worth alive than dead.i respect president putin and he will send in military to protect these animals and takeout these poachers using helicopters.once he shows A couple of dead poachers these tigers Will be safe.
Carl broom, Galveston tx
22/01/2018 16:20
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we should not kill siberian tigers and not cut tree's in the forest in china(I'm a chinese.).
Kenny, Edison
19/01/2017 01:11
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Stop!
Stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Hong Kong
16/10/2015 20:35
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I have loved these cats all my life ... please support and sign my petition to call on Governments and world leaders to help save these magnificent animals " Extinction Is Forever " https://community.sumofus.org/petitions/save-russia-s-remaining-wild-tigers?source=facebook-share-button=1436460591
Cat Middlemiss, Victoria BC Canada
06/10/2015 15:05
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Very sad, Tigers are wonderful symbol for Siberia and they are important in ecological balance (with Léopard). Very sever punishments and fines are a good deterrement.Thanks to the police.
Jocelyne, FRANCE
05/10/2015 20:41
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I feel so sad when I see these beautiful animals killed by those terrible trophy hunters, to be honest I don't think there is much society can do because people will always try and rob the system and take away natures beauty. There is so much evil in the world and unfortunately that's the world we live in.
Patricia Clayton, West Drayton
05/10/2015 19:06
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