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Wolf Hunter

In Siberia, wolves are killing reindeer by the thousands, pushing the government to create a bounty system to curtail the wolf population. In 2017, roaming wolf packs were responsible for the killing of livestock, including 9000 reindeer, costing the state $2.5 million.

“I get a bounty for my work as a wolf hunter,” says state-recognised hunter Ion Maxsimovic. “The main problem is wolves. They started to kill reindeer. Three or four years from now, our children won’t see those animals.”

Tiger Bones and Bear Bile

There are only around 3,000 wild tigers left on the planet. In the jungles of Myanmar, killing one of them can earn you a small fortune. While Myanmar officially banned the trafficking of endangered animals over two decades ago, demand for tiger and bear parts – for medicine, cuisine and sexual stimulants – means that the trade continues to exist.

“The gall bladders of bears are valuable because Chinese people want to buy them,” says a village elder who has turned to hunting due to need for money. “They also want tiger skin and teeth. People hunt for them to try and make some money.”

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