Essay about The Shrinking Tiger Population

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George Bernard Shaw quotes, “When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport, when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity.” In the 1900s the tiger population was over 100,000 counting all nine subspecies; however their population has pummeled to an estimated 4,000 to 7,000, which accounts for only six of the nine subspecies. Three in which have already been extinct since the early to mid 1900s (WWF). Tigers are one of the largest species in the cat family and also one of the fastest disappearing species in the world due to human-tiger conflicts. Consequently, they have been labeled endangered under the Endanger Species Appendix and critically endangered in the wild (Fox). Tigers are rapidly disappearing, growing near …show more content…
Other than their prey, tigers typically have a small number of enemies. However, in the last century, the humans have become their number one predator as well as the primary cause in their road to extinction. Human-tiger conflicts has plummeted the tiger population in the last century leaving three subspecies extinct and one of the remaining five possibly extinct in the wild. According to Tigers in Crisis, a South China Tiger has not been seen in the while in the past twenty years. These human-tiger conflicts include, poaching and human expansion into tiger territories which causes the tiger population to split resulting in food shortage (Larson). In a recent televised broadcast on the 16th of February on Animal Planets aired a documentary called Maneaters: Tigers/Leopards. In this documentary, the people of India, which is one of the 13 countries that are occupied by the original tigers, stated that there are often human-tiger conflicts that result in death. Between the year 2005 and 2008 there has already been 53 tiger-related deaths. One of the most common types of human-tiger conflicts in India is a farmer’s retaliation against a tiger for eating its’ livestock. As a result, tigers are seen as villains (Maneaters). Although this media source is created to inform and educate the public about what life is like living in a society with tigers, it is often biased because it shows the tiger

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