November 16th, 2010
03:35 PM ET

Hunters nabbed with slain, endangered Siberian tiger

Amur tigers, like this one at the Kiev Zoo in Ukraine, are endangered in the wild.

A rare Amur tiger – one of 300 to 400 estimated to remain in the wild - was killed by poachers near Vladivostok, Russia, an animal rescue group said Tuesday.

The Siberian tiger was found by an International Fund for Animal Welfare anti-poaching patrol in Primorye Province, according to an IFAW news release.

The group says the area (which includes parts of China and North Korea) is home to the last of the wild Amur tigers, which was on the brink of extinction in the 1940s with only 40 remaining worldwide before a vigorous conservation effort.

Four suspected poachers caught with the dead, 5-year-old male tiger were arrested by rangers from the Khasan district of the province, IFAW said. One of the hunters had been injured by the big cat and required hospitalization.

If convicted, the hunters face a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $20,000 fine, IFAW said.

"We can't save the tigers unless we combat rampant poaching, which is the single greatest threat to the survival of this species," the group’s director, Masha Vorontsova, said.

Governments of the 13 so-called tiger range countries will meet in St. Petersburg, Russia, next week to come up with a plan to save tigers from extinction. Through the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit, which begins Sunday, the governments hope to double the wild tiger population in the next dozen years.

The blackmarket for tiger products was highlighted last month when 25 suspected traffickers in tiger body parts were arrested in a six-country INTERPOL sting. More than 110 pounds of tiger bone – including the animals’  skulls and skeletons – were confiscated.

Chinese tiger-breeding centers have proposed creating tiger farms to cull the animals' body parts, thereby diminishing demand for the products and lessening the chances they might be hunted in the wild. The idea has met with resistance from environmental groups.

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  1. Midloo

    Nice Canadian99 – You win the internet forum "Racist of the Day" award! Congratulations! I know it took many years of eating out of a can and hating everyone around you to reach this height. All the best on your future stupidity!

    November 17, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Canadian99

    Midloo I greatly accept the award!

    November 17, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Canadian99

    Midloo I must have hit a nerve. Did I offend your wang or your country?

    November 17, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryanzzzz

      Maybe it's that you're bringing down the integrity of the comments section and this website. Perhaps from now on you should restrict your diatribes to your own sad family dinners.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Midloo

      You offend anyone with a shred of intelligence that happens across your mindless drivel. Don't flatter yourself by thinking you touched a nerve or insulted someone of Chinese descent. My only intolerance is for fools like yourself – regardless of their background.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. endpcnow

    Human beings are the scurge of the earth. I don't care how you paint the picture . . . human beings and religion (which basically states that all the earth and it's creatures were created for humans and their selfish wants) are killing the earth. Common sense tells us that there are not enough resources for humans to continue. I'll be the earth will be a lovely place without us.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ryanzzzz

    It's funny, concerning all the ignorance and hate-mongering with these comments. Nowhere in the article does it mention the Chinese as the perpetrators or eventual market place for the poached tiger. This is simply a chance for dumb knobs to rant about some other ethnicity to make them feel better about their own sad lives.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Midloo

      Amen Ryanzzzz! I agree with you. It's not too hard to have the ability to reflect on something is it? You're right, the way this article was written is totally irresponsible.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lila

    Poachers and the Chinese who demand such products need to go extinct. I agree with lining them up and shooting them, it would send a clear message. These low lives show no mercy to these animals or care about the rest of the people in the world. Who are they to force the extinction of an animal? They are worthless "human beings" who would not be missed.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryanzzzz

      Right, so in your disgust of the killing of living creatures, you advocate the lining up and shooting of countless other human beings. So are you a nazi, or are you from one of those countries that stones people to death.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Lila

      Yes, the lives of the tigers are more important. They are going extinct. I wonder do you support the death penalty for any crimes? What is the difference? These countries are spending millions trying to protect these animals for themselves and for the world. There are billions of us, no one will miss these disgusting greedy "human beings".

      November 17, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Tiffanie

      No Ryanz.... We advocate the punishment of so called humans who would destroy the earth for their own gain.. and BTW.. I put most Poiliticians in the same catagory as these horrible poachers.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • David Davidson

      Ryan... you cannot fight with a stay at home mom... they dont listen 😉

      November 17, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Lila

      Stay at home mom? hahahahaha!!!!

      November 17, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • David Davidson

      Yeah I thought it was pretty good myself

      November 17, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Lila

      You would. It's not even 8am on the west coast Sherlock.

      November 17, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ryan Thomas

    I wish that Tiger would of ate all them. People need to leave the animals alone.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Wyatt Johnson

    Please use the correct terminology. They are called poachers and not hunters. Hunters are the most dedicated conservationists. Just look at the countries that have a vibrant hunting community and you will see a healthy and well balanced number of wildlife both game and non-game species.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • endpcnow

      Maybe . . . but ONLY for the species that hunters want to hunt. The habitat for other creatures not in the hunters hankering is not considered when "conservation" efforts are put forth. Ecosystems across places like America are fragmented or destroyed when humans want something there instead. Natural predators of hunters prey are exterminated from the area where hunters hunt. Grizzly Bears, cougars, wolves, coyote, etc, etc, etc have been systematically decimated wherever humans have decide to hunt or live.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Xipe

    Maximum 3 years in prison/ $20,000 fine. Not a very good deterrent at all. The animal is worth more monetarily than the fine they would have to pay. We know they are not going to even spend three years in prison.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Midloo

      Don't know much about the particulars of their criminal system, but I don't think I'd want to spend 3 minutes in a Siberian prison.

      Not sure how they are breaking down the fine. If it the equivalent of 20K dollars or what, but yes – these animals can be incredibly valuable.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    These are NOT Hunters, they are Poachers! There is a considerable difference, and just because someone kills an animal does not automatically label them as a Hunter. Consider this regarding the possible extinction of Tigers: in the last century, Elephants were on the brink of extinction as well. Since then, every country with an Elephant population has legalized hunting, using the trophy fees to fund the conservation and anti-poaching patrols. All countries except Kenya, who banned hunting in the 1970s. In Kenya, the Elephant population has become almost extinct. Legalizing hunting created jobs for those who lived off of poaching. And that is the real problem, economics. Something to consider if we intend to save the most beautiful animal in the world, the Tiger.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Zach

    Why does CNN post the headline that "hunters" killed this endangered Tiger? Then in the article they list them as poachers? My point is this a poacher is NOT a hunter and a hunter is NOT a poacher. A hunter would never kill an endangered species.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • David Davidson

      Zach NICE! beat me to it!!!

      November 17, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • David Davidson

      The author probably lives in a city that doesn't have a hunting population. Its sad when ignorance this blatant is allowed a front page spot... (not implying it is the only ignorant thing that has made it to page 1)

      November 17, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Gina

    I HATE PEOPLE THAT KILL ENDANGERED ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY THE SIBERIAN TIGERS! THEY SHOULD BE PUT TO JAIL AND ROTT THERE!

    November 17, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Seriously

    As stupid as tiger farms might seem, they are no less stupid an idea than factory farms for chickens or any other animal; and as wasteful as using tiger bones for magical potions might seem, it is no less wasteful than killing any animal for food when nutritious and delicious alternatives exist.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. David Davidson

    So why doesn't it say "Poachers nabbed with slain, endangered Siberian tiger" or does the author not know the difference between the two... Its like saying we are at war with Muslims instead of terrorist cells... my two cents... deposited...

    November 17, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Cristy

    Joesixpack is my new BFF. Instead of being "politically correct" people need to say things how they really are. Chinese medicine IS garbage, especially when beautiful and endagered animals are being killed and tortured (in the case of the Asian bear that has its bile taken out of it while still alive).

    November 17, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
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