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Poachers Kill Big Cat In Russia

A rare Amur (Siberian) tiger was killed on November 15 by poachers near Vladivostok, Russia, just days before this year's Tiger Summit. The tiger was discovered by an anti-poaching patrol in the Khasan district of Primorye Province. This area of the Russian Far East, along the border with China, is home to the last 300 to 400 wild Amur tigers.

The Khasan rangers arrested four suspected poachers, who were intercepted with the dead tiger, described as a healthy, five-year-old male. One of the hunters was wounded by the tiger and is hospitalized; the other three were turned over to police for interrogation. If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of US$20,000. Several days later, another wild tiger was found dead of suspected poisoning in Sariska Tiger Reserve in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan.

The dead tiger was one of five Bengal tigers that were relocated to Sariska from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in 2008, as part of a landmark attempt to restore the wild tiger population in the reserve after the last of its resident tigers was killed by poachers in 2004.

India, which is home to half of the world's remaining 3,000 wild tigers, has initiated a high-level inquiry into the tiger death.


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