In the Khabarovsk Krai, eight kilometers from the village of Solontsovy, Lazo District, on July 29, 2015, tourists found the body of a young Amur tiger on the side of a forest road. Police officers and hunting supervision services of the Khabarovsk Krai with the involvement of employees of the Amur Tiger Center and other organizations are investigating.
A group of cyclists during the execution of the tourist route to Mount Ko discovered the body of a tiger cub. According to information received from them, at the time of detection, the tiger cub was shot no more than two hours ago. The length of the animal's body did not exceed 1.2 meters, and the weight of 50 kilograms. Traces of gunshot wounds were visible on the body and head of the animal. According to their primary judgments, the beast was shot from the front and point blank. They recorded this fact on the photo / video fixing equipment and continued their journey. The group returned back the same way on August 1, by this time the body of the tiger cub was no longer in the same place. The group returned to Khabarovsk only on 2 August, at the same time they reported on their terrible discovery in the Emergency Situations Ministry of the Khabarovsk Krai. Only after this information reached specially authorized bodies for the protection of objects of the animal world.
“The fact of the death of the tiger nasty from all sides. The age of the deceased allows us to speak about availability at the time of death in the immediate surroundings of his mother, and possibly brother or sister. Therefore, it is likely that they too could become victims, but we hope that it is not, and the tigress took the remaining offspring to a safe place, or if the cub was one she kept from the poacher's bullet,” - says Sergey Aramilev, Director of the Primorsky branch of the Amur tiger Center - “I would like to say about the people who found the cub. On the one hand, good that they took a picture of the deceased baby and somehow information has become wealth to the public. On the other hand, every citizen of our country know that the crimes must be reported to the police, and immediately. It is obvious to everyone that the return 8 miles back and to make a call was not so difficult, but even in this case. In the pursuit of "cheap" PR or to achieve their ambitions people, bypassing the police and the hunting supervision service splashed all the information to the press, thus effectively helped the poachers to escape responsibility, at least, greatly complicated their search. Now the person who killed the tiger and hide his body, take all possible measures to avoid being found. I would like to call on citizens and journalists to remember that the realization of personal ambition and the pursuit of sensation can harm the earth and help the poachers to evade responsibility.”
The staff of the police, the Committee for Hunting and the establishment of the Service for the Protection of the Animal World and the protected areas of the Khabarovsk Krai work at the scene of the incident. The lack of a surprise factor and rainy weather make it difficult to investigate, so you should not expect quick results. Despite this, the officers involved in the investigation are doing everything in their power. According to this fact, a criminal case under Art. 258.1 of the Criminal Code. The Amur Tiger Center provides comprehensive assistance in the investigation.
The dead tiger is not one of those tiger cubs that were previously returned to the conditions of wildlife, and never fell into the hands of humans.