Atanu Dey On India's Development

Tigers and Humans

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Startling news. There are only 1,411 tigers left in India. Makes you wonder.

That means India has approximately 1 tiger for every 1,000,000 residents. Quite an imbalance in the numbers. Actually, the larger the number of people, the smaller the population of tigers. Humans compete with the tigers for land. With diminishing forest cover, the tiger loses habitat. Beside, the tiger is a top predator and with the loss of forest cover, its prey disappears as well. The cost of uncontrolled human breeding is, among other things such as malnutrition of children and farmer suicides, the extinction of the big predators.

The price of a tiger could be of the order of $250,000. The price of humans in India is around $100.