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468 paws from at least 117 illegally slain brown bears seized en route to China

By The Siberian Times reporter
30 December 2017

Macabre cargo including 37 elk lips impounded after FSB tip-off. CAUTION: STRONG IMAGES

The poached paws and elk lips were hidden in 32 bags with the intention to smuggle them to China, said police. Picture: Vesti Chita 

The seizure of the animal parts was made  between Chita and the Zabaykalsk border crossing into China.

The poached paws and elk lips were hidden in 32 bags with the intention to smuggle them to China, said police.

Olesya Ivanova, an interrogator for TransBaikal police, said: ‘When the minibus driver was stopped, he said that his cargo was meat, but failed to provide any documents. 

‘The driver was told to follow police to their local office. 

‘Inside the bags we found 468 bear paws and 37 elk lips.’

468 brown bear paws and 37 elk lips were found packed into 32 bags


468 brown bear paws and 37 elk lips were found packed into 32 bags


468 brown bear paws and 37 elk lips were found packed into 32 bags

The damage to nature by such barbaric actions is certainly a lot higher than the driver’s profit. Picture: Vesti Chita


Tatiana Kuznetsova, of the regional FSB security service office, said: ‘We have all reasons to believe that confiscated bear paws and elk lips were destined for sale in China. 

‘Given the black market average price for these items, the driver could have received a profit of more than 1.5 million roubles ($26,000). 

‘The damage to nature by such barbaric actions is certainly a lot higher than the driver’s profit.’ 

It was a tip from an FSB source that led to the TransBaikal region seizure, one of the biggest-ever by police.

468 brown bear paws and 37 elk lips were found packed into 32 bags


468 brown bear paws and 37 elk lips were found packed into 32 bags
Law enforcement is now seeking the culprits behind the illegal hunting. Picture: Vesti Chita 


Bear paws and elk lips are seen as a favourite food delicacy in China and other Asian countries. 

Other bear parts such as gallbladder, liver, bile and testicles are seen as prized aphrodisiacs.

The driver, who has not been named, of the minibus is facing administrative charges.

Criminal action is not ruled out.

Law enforcement is now seeking the culprits behind the illegal hunting.

‘It is clear as day that no hunting official could issue licenses to shoot 150 or so bears’, said Tsypylma Zhamsaranova of Russia’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor.

Pictures below: Vesti Chita 

468 brown bear paws and 37 elk lips were found packed into 32 bags


468 brown bear paws and 37 elk lips were found packed into 32 bags

Comments (5)

I certainly agree that everyone has to take responsibility for their own behaviors and each country look itself in the mirror first. To everyone not participating in wrong behaviors, Thank You and Merry Orthodox Christmas on the 7th to All of You! And Happy New Year to Everyone with Strength of Character around the World as well.
Pamela K Tetarenko, League City, USA
05/01/2018 18:10
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You couldn't be up to them! The smugglers? Will the FSB ever catch culprits on the Russian side? Doubt it. Will the Chinese ever catch those responsible on the Chinese side? Doubt it. Just another day in the life of...
Jaker, Dundalk
03/01/2018 08:06
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Karna,NY, backward they are not. one can not because of the misdeeds of a few idiotic scumbags, condemn a whole nation. Just because you have ONE silly President, does it mean the whole of the USA is that way? - Sippenhaft- is out since many years. if you don't know what it means, look it up at WIKI.
said that, the driver is most probably the weakest link in the chain. cops should POISON-CONTAMINATE the whole lot, let it get through and the people who will sit for hours on the toilet, OR ARE SICK IN BED,will for sure not do it again.
BY THE WAY, HOW MANY DRUG ADDICTS, ALCOHOLICS AND OTHER ASSORTED SCUM DOES THE USA HAVE? clean up your own act first, than you can judge over others.
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
02/01/2018 14:20
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1.4 billion of them,,, dog meat to monkey's brain ,, shark fins,, tiger bones,, sea horse penis ,, rhino horns,, stingray gills,,, cat meat,, oh dear,
Joe, Korea
31/12/2017 12:58
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Yet again the backward Chinese are responsible for this carnage and the objects are used in worthless Chinese medicine.
j karna, new york
30/12/2017 20:25
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