Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Outrage as endangered tiger shot dead by hunter who claimed it 'attacked his dog'

A RARE tiger has been shot dead by a hunter who claimed the endangered wild cat had mauled him before killing his dog.

PUBLISHED: 06:00, Fri, Nov 6, 2015 | UPDATED: 07:50, Fri, Nov 6, 2015

There are around 500 Siberian tigers left in the wild

The unnamed man, who told officers he was hunting wild boar at the time, said he was forced to kill the Siberian - or Amur - tiger in self-defence after it bit his legs.

He was rushed to hospital after alerting authorities to the attack using his mobile phone.

Investigators in the far eastern Kharbarovsk region of Russia, close to the border with China, are looking at whether the man is in fact a tiger poacher.

Sergei Aramilev, director of the local branch of the tiger campaign group, told the Siberian Times: "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.

"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."

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