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Rare tiger shot dead by hunter who claims he was 'attacked' by the predator which 'killed his dog'

By The Siberian Times reporter
02 November 2015

One of only 500 of the largest cats in the world left in the Siberian wild is gunned down in Kharbarovsk region.

Hunting the Siberian or Amur tiger is illegal but the animals are valuable on the black market, especially for export to China for medicinal cures. Picture: REN-TV

An unnamed hunter said he was mauled by the rare Amur tiger which bit his legs after killing his dog. The man claimed he was hunting wild boar when the tiger pounced. He killed the big cat in self defence, he said. 

But investigators are now checking this version for any clues that the 60 year old could have been a tiger poacher. Hunting the Siberian or Amur tiger is illegal but the animals are valuable on the black market, especially for export to China for medicinal cures. The hunter was rescued and rushed to hospital after he used his cell phone to alert relatives of the attack.

Siberian tiger shot


Siberian tiger shot

Investigators are now checking this version for any clues that the 60 year old could have been a tiger poacher. Pictures: Dmitry Styazhkin, REN-TV

Director of the Primorsky branch of the centre 'Amur Tiger' Sergei Aramilev commented: 'The true picture of events will be found out when we match a map of the scene, the hunter's testimony, autopsy results and a follow-up examination.'

He said Siberian tigers 'very seldom attack people without a reason. There have been cases when people killed tigers to sell them and made up stories about self-defence,' he said. Tigers have attacked when they have been wounded by hunters, he said. 

Comments (18)

If a Tiger that big attacked him It would have more than likely killed him. This man needs to be punished for what he did to this beautiful animal!
Tammy, USA
03/11/2015 07:14
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I hope you will investigate this suspicious story about the tiger being killed in self defense. Further, I hope there are very stiff penalties for poachers. Some action needs to be taken to ban the products that the Chinese want so badly! They obviously do not have the sensibility to understand that their stupid superstitions and fantasies are causing sentient, magnificent, RARE ANIMALS TO BE MURDERED! How petty and uncaring can anyone be. I know that these animals belong on this earth as much as the human animal does. It is our moral and ethical obligation to protect them from harm and to leave them enough of their habitat for normal lives.
Patricia Gladding, USA
03/11/2015 06:52
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Pleass put him into the jail!
Anna, Panama
02/11/2015 23:30
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