At the end of May of this year, the Indian government announced that 36 tigers had been poached thus far in 2019. Just days later, a heartbreaking report that a tigress and her two cubs were poisoned by angry farmers near the famous Tadoba Tiger reserve, an all too common outcome of human-tiger conflict.
Weeks later a news report cabled in that three tigers and two leopards had been poached in Bhandara district in the northeast of the country. And we must keep in mind that these are only the reported cases, the carcasses that were found before poachers smuggled them through Nepal and into Tibet for the Chinese market, and before villagers cremated the poisoned remains of big cats before authorities were alerted to them.
At the end of June shocking video footage was posted to the Internet of a wild tiger exploding from the roadside forest and chasing down two Indians riding a motorbike in Kerala in southern India. Authorities speculate that this scooter-chasing tiger was “hungry” and went after the motorists in search of a meal. Although there were allegations that the video was faked, the Snopes fact-checking website classified as real.