Tigers Prey on People

Tigers Prey on People

For more than 2500 years it has been an icon of India. Today an estimated 2000 of the big cats approximately half the world’s tiger population live in India alone. Their range stretches from Pakistan to Burma and throughout most of India. But the largest population resides in the Sundarbans National Park and Tiger reserve. Nearly 8000 square miles of densely forested river delta spanning the borders of India and Bangladesh. Roughly 250 cats dwell in this lush landscape. But on the Indian side in particular the swamps lack in abundance of the tiger’s natural prey. So the cats often turn their attention towards the easiest quarry.

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People frequent the Indian side of the park to collect wood, fish and honeycomb. Absorbed in their chores they are easy targets for the hungry and stealthy cats. The attack is so fast and furious; virtually no one survives. Every year tigers kill 50 people in the Indian Sundarbans alone. Making it home to the highest number of tiger fatalities in the country. Once locals took to wearing masks on the backs of their heads to discourage attacks. They believed the rouge would deter the attacks as tigers rarely attack a person from the front. But now, they fear the tigers may have caught on.
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