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. cam hockessin de justathought

    i dont think any living thing we share this planet with life should depend on ovr egoistic viewpoint of its beauty there are millions that live and die go extinct every sec its beyond sin this action is a start a small one @ best but a start stay vocal and active in a forgetful world

    November 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • simon


      November 17, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. alumette

    Killing an endangered specie is a criminal act. It should be punished by death. That would stop the poaching.

    November 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alumette

    Too many beautiful animals close to their extinction and too many miserable and greedy human beings. Time we turn the cards. Save the beasts and get rid of the human disgrace. What a lovely world it would be. Pure acceptance and tolerance with awe and dignity.

    November 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • WDrad

      are you going to kill yourself first?

      November 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • simon


      November 17, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. WDrad

    That tiger would make an AWESOME coat!

    November 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • SBBlair

      you would make an awesome tiger snack!

      November 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whizerd

      And you would make good target practice WDrad. And Frank, I would absolutely love to get into a cage with a tiger. Bet I come out alive. But Ill only do it if YOU do it too..just to have some entertainment while Im petting mine.

      November 16, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • BookBarbeque

      And you would have made an awesome aborted fetus.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      I can now think of one species that I wouldn't mind being hunted to extinction.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • simon

      you sick little &*!#

      November 17, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • noyb

      WDrad-You are stupid!

      November 17, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Marco

    tiger meat....mmmmm....yuuuummmmy!

    November 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • simon

      what kind of sick human are you

      November 17, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Marco u are the most nonhumanic person ever

      November 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kim

    The world is a cruel place when wil we put a little compassion back for mother nature and animals.

    November 16, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • simon

      i don't know

      November 17, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. cometlinear

    Three years? That's all???

    November 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • simon


      November 17, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. No one of importance

    Where is the pride in this world that people kill animals to stuff their pockets instead of GETTING A DAMN JOB! And with modern medicine what it is today,take a damn Viagra like the majority of the population! The only reason that cat should have been injured or killed is to avoid the death of a human being! Our society has gotten so twisted with that we can't determine wrong from right anymore,how horribly sad that we have come to this.Before you know it,there will be nothing left to kill......

    November 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • CUR715

      You need to take into account the fact that most people who are poachers, or are burning rainforest, etc...are people who don't have any other means to make money. You would do the same thing if the choice was between feeding your family or saving a tiger.

      November 17, 2010 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • simon

      exactly 🙂

      November 17, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. geoge

    i will be more than happy to deal with those guys

    November 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • simon

      true i would too

      November 17, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. kevin

    The people who do this are un- educated and don't know what's right from wrong. It's like drug money !!

    November 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frank

    Now a Soldier is awarded the Medal of Honor and no one gives a damn... Yet we have one dead tiger and everyone loses their minds. I think I remember the Joker saying something around that note in the latest Batman. Sad

    November 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Frank, you're on a different world than the rest of us. Of course people care about the Medal of Honor recipient. Sgt. Giunta is a truly courageous and model soldier. That being said, we as humans are the greatest threat to our planet. What right to do we have to exterminate another species? What's the point in exterminating it either? Who knows, in the future perhaps some disease or something might come about that can only be cured with blood or marrow tissue from a Siberian tiger. Unlikely true, but who can say? What do we do than if we've killed them all?

      November 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • simon

      yeah this world is pretty strange

      November 17, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. GoodNews316

    Have you ever wondered how the world began or how it will end? Or, why is our world full of pain, disease, poverty? It wasn't always this way. See for yourself, visit:  Story4.Us/2050

    November 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. devines

    It is the circle of life..Our days are numbered as humans, as are all the wild life.

    November 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      Got to admit your days would be numbered even more if you were a white tiger.

      November 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. devines

    M in Oz...maybe or maybe never know!

    November 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      If you were a white tiger you'd be in a zoo being inbred right about now.

      November 16, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      To entertain a human. What other species locks people up for entertainment and inbreeds them because there are so few humans left in the wild because that species stole the humans food and homes?

      November 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. brown

    Is there no end to the suffering brought upon this Earth by the filthy human species?

    November 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
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