Siberian tigers most endangered by poachers



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Siberian tigers most endangered by poachers

As reported by National Geographic, The Amur tiger is even more endangered by poachers, who hunt them at night and then sell their organs and body parts. The Siberian tiger is the only tiger species to inhabit the Nordic regions.

It can exceed 270 kg in weight and three meters in length, from the nose to the tip of the tail, making it probably the largest of the six subspecies of living tigers. Hunting had reduced the estimated population to just 30 individuals.

The protection actions implemented in recent decades have brought the number of Amur tigers back to about 600 individuals, almost all of which are found in Russia, of which nearly two-thirds are in Primorye. Lately, finding these tigers is becoming easier and easier, with the increase in illegal deforestation and the gradual reduction of their habitat.

Currently about 52% of Primorye's taiga, the boreal forest that is home to tigers, is accessible to hunters, according to calculations it published in June 2021 in the journal Crime Science. Wildlife Crime Researcher and National Geographic Explorer Allison Skidmore managed to talk to poachers: Poachers told Skidmore that they walk the streets, at night, armed with guns and infrared night vision goggles to locate the Tigers.

They shoot tigers from their vehicles, or sell the animals' GPS coordinates to smugglers. The poachers also revealed their smuggling techniques to her, such as bribing customs officers at border crossings, hiding animal parts in shipments of timber.

Polar bear furs no longer find buyers

Polar bear furs no longer find buyers, however, at least in Canada, and this is certainly a cause for celebration for all the world's environmental and animal welfare organizations.

About 16,000 polar bears live in Canada, a species protected since 1973. Hunting is regulated, subject to quotas, and reserved for native populations: over 75% of bears are captured in the Nunavut territory and 280 furs are exported every year.

This year there were no buyers for the polar bear skins put up for sale by Inuit hunters. The biggest buyers of polar bear furs are the Chinese. China and Russia did not show up at the large fur auctions traditionally held in North Bay, Ontario.

Their absence has put the Canadian Inuit in great difficulty, among whom the unemployment rate is very high and the export of these skins is practically their main economic resource. The lack of buyers caused the stock to increase and consequently the price to drop, which fell between 200 and 800 dollars each according to Radio Canada.