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  •  I've thought about this and other carnivors a lot (2+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, 4Freedom

    because I've spent some time in tiger habitat, not a small reserve but hundreds of square miles of uncut forests too remote to hunt the tiger for sale.

    I don't know that there's a solution. The habitat is more key in my experience than the hunters. To turn a tiger into cash one has to quickly get it on ice or even to a large freezer, not so easy 45 kilometers from a road and ice.

    But the roads for mines and logging bring improved access, and with it the chance for a quick buck. And of course deforestation dramaticaly reduces a range. I'd assume tigers protect a territory similar to most cats and excess population would have an effect on attacks just as it does with cougars. When kits grow up they need to go somewhere.

    I don't believe any numbers. You try counting tigers, not so easy. Here in Colorado with millions of dollars and many agencies available for research, it's still hard to get an idea of cougar numbers. In Laos I think the only study the WWF has going on is in one portion of Huaphan, a vast province. There are many other provinces with active populations that I know of, and I only am familiar with portions of the north. I'd assume Burma has far fewer studies and far more animals.

    I wouldn't mind if they disappeared from the woods I walk in. They're big. There'd be no chance. leopard, and marbled cat, could go ahead and fill that niche.

    And very quickly the woods and rivers will experience many species extinction from climate change.

    Vietnam is now one of the worlds largest furniture makers, and they have no wood. Please don't buy patio furniture no matter how green they say the source of wood is.

    Lastly a photo, I think it's a small leopard. title=

    "Don't fall or we both go" Derek Hersey

    by ban nock on Fri Feb 12, 2010 at 05:31:45 PM PST

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