2007-06-06 03:05:10 UTC
WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- Researchers say threats to wild tigers in
India and Nepal are growing.
A report by the World Wildlife Fund, published in the journal
BioScience, said areas known to be inhabited by tigers have declined
by 41 percent over the past decade.
Lead author Eric Dinerstein said the wild tiger's population
trajectory is catastrophic. He and his co-authors are urging
international cooperation to ensure the animal's continued existence
in the wild, Bioscience said Friday in a release.
The report said the use of tiger parts harvested from farmed tigers
China is an emerging threat. The researchers said any trade in tiger
parts encourages poaching, because products from farmed animals
be distinguished from products made from wild tigers.
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