According to the Amur Tiger Center Telegram channel, in early 2023, a resident of the village of Yakovlevka contacted the police, who said that there might be a tiger on Sovkhoznaya Street. He showed a photograph supposedly taken by an eyewitness.
The police found neither the animal nor its tracks, but discovered that a 30-year-old resident of the village deliberately spread false information about the tiger. He took the photo from the internet.
A report was drawn up on an administrative offense against the man, provided for in Part 9 of Article 13.15 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Dissemination in the media and on the Internet of knowingly and unreliable socially significant information that represents a threat to public order.” The documents were delivered to the court.
The court found him guilty and fined him 50,000 rubles with the confiscation of his mobile phone.
The tigers do come out to the villages, but lately, according to the police, there have been more falsifications with that information. Images from other regions are passed off as taken in Primorsky Krai.
According to the region’s Ministry of Forestry and Game, out of about 600 Amur tigers living in Primorye, conflict situations are typical for only two percent of the population.