A two-year government study found out that the tiger numbers are actually 65 percent – nearly two-thirds – lower than originally what was believed. And those original numbers came in under the endangered species threshold.
The new study was done with a process of “photo traps” which would click pictures of the tigers as they passed by a tripping mechanism and also reports from wildlife officers. The earlier population estimates were made based on counting and examining tiger footprints in the wild.
Two main factors are cited for the dismally low number of Indian tigers: poaching by illegal hunters and ever-encroaching development into tiger habitats.
What can be done now? Indian wildlife officials want to make sure tigers in protected wildlife areas in the country have optimal conditions for living and breeding to stabilize the population numbers and then possibly get them to rebound.