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Frozen body of slain rare Amur tiger, the world’s largest cat, found in Russian Far East

By Olga Gertcyk
09 October 2020

A severed bear’s head and seven bear paws also hidden at alleged poacher’s home. WARNING: distressing images

Poached Amur tiger pelts, claws and paws are stopped several times a year by the FSB on the border with China where they are sought as a traditional medicine that is believed to cure chronic diseases and replenish the level of energy. Picture: FSB Border Control

A man from Plastun settlement was detained by the FSB security service after a refrigerator car with the frozen body of a young Amur tiger, and a bear’s head with seven bear paws, was found hidden at his house. 

The 64-year-old whose ID was not revealed kept the tiger for several moths  after it was shot a he sought a buyer, believe law enforcement.

Poached Amur tiger pelts, claws and paws are stopped several times a year by the FSB on the border with China where they are sought as a traditional medicine that is believed to cure chronic diseases and replenish the level of energy.

The tiger’s paws were tied with a rope. It was cut off to be sent for DNA testing, in the hope of confirming the identity of the hunter. 

The Amur - or Siberian - tiger was less than three years old; it’s not clear when and where the bears were hunted.

Frozen body of slain rare Amur tiger, the world’s largest cat, found in Russian Far East


Frozen body of slain rare Amur tiger, the world’s largest cat, found in Russian Far East


Frozen body of slain rare Amur tiger, the world’s largest cat, found in Russian Far East
The Amur tiger is the world’s largest cat and is gradually recovering from the verge of extinction. Pictures: FSB Border Control


The man was detained and a criminal investigation was started. 

The preliminary amount of the damage to nature is estimated to be 2.5 million roubles ($32.000). 

The Amur tiger is the world’s largest cat and is gradually recovering from the verge of extinction.

Less than 600 adult animals - 95% of the world population - live in the Primorsky, Khabarovsk, Amur and Jewish Autonomous regions in eastern Russia. 

Frozen body of slain rare Amur tiger, the world’s largest cat, found in Russian Far East


Frozen body of slain rare Amur tiger, the world’s largest cat, found in Russian Far East
A severed bear’s head and seven bear paws also hidden in macabre cache at alleged poacher’s home. Pictures: FSB Border Control


Recently a male tiger called Pavlik was shot by two poachers, a year after it was  reintroduced back to nature by a group of big cat specialists.

The three-year-old male had a GPS-collar to allow scientists monitor its movements and well-being. 

On 8 September the signal went missing, prompting an immediate search by a group of wildlife protection team. 

On 23 September Pavlik’s body was found. 

It was confirmed that a poacher, or poachers, tried and failed to remove the collar after shooting the rare animal. 

Frozen body of slain rare Amur tiger, the world’s largest cat, found in Russian Far East. Video: FSB Border Control

Comments (3)

Blame it on Asian countries and their stupid traditional medicine that are killing all life forms on Earth!
Matthew , Malta
16/10/2020 15:52
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it's the 21st century and people are still doing these terrible things. When will it end?
Andrew, Poland
12/10/2020 02:59
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Es un hecho extremadamente lamentable el accionar de estos cazadores furtivos. Hay que penarlos económicamente de manera muy dura para que sirva de ejemplo y se desanime este tipo de acciones. Si no lo entienden por las buenas entonces que lo sufran por las malas.
Ricardo, Patagonia
09/10/2020 20:46
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