Can CDV Wipe Out Tiger Populations?

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Is Canine Distemper A Lurking Threat To The Big Cats?


Tiger population made a significant growth in India. Their number stood at 2,967 at last count in 2018, a 33 per cent jump from 2,226 in 2014, according to the tiger census released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

However, shrinking habitat, a decline of prey and poaching continues to be a threat to the big cat’s survival. Along with these, a recent study has found that a potential virus Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) affected dogs living in and around wildlife sanctuaries has raised concern.


Canine Distemper Virus is a viral disease, a fatal disease that is usually found in dogs but is also carried by other small mammals

Now tigers have to fight for habitat they kill and eat more dogs, making it a bigger threat for wiping out entire tiger populations.