Siberian Tigers Vanishing

Population may be down to mere hundreds
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2009 5:03 AM CST
Siberian tiger cubs play at Erdaohe Tiger Parkin Jilin Province, China.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The last remaining wild population of Siberian tigers is rapidly declining, researchers warn. A study of a portion of the tiger's range found just 56 tigers when the average of the last decade had been 95. Researchers blame the decline on poaching and habitat loss, and believe only a few hundred of the tigers remain, the BBC reports.

"The sobering results are a wake-up call that current conservation efforts are not going far enough to protect Siberian tigers," said the lead researcher. "The good news is that we believe this trend can be reversed if immediate action is taken." A Russian hunting ban in 1947 helped the tiger population recover when it was down to only 30 tigers.

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