Man-Eaters - Page 1&2:Why
Cats Attack | 3&4:
The Real Facts | 5&6: Jim Corbett
| 7&8: The Sundarbans |
9&10: Dudhwa Tiger Reserve | 11&12: Reducing Attacks | 13&14: Tiger Attack Stories
The true figures for man-eaters:
It is a fact that only three out of every one thousand tigers will resort to attacking people, making their reputation as a man-eater quite inaccurate.
It is also a fact that even this low number of man-eaters has been enough to make the tiger responsible for more human deaths than any other predator.
It is considered that, given the same human population base as the tiger encounters, the barren ground grizzly could rival the tiger for human attacks. Experts think the grizzly does not view man as prey, but simply doesn't like them; this alone provides enough reason for attack.
In the tiger's favour:
Most attacks are still a simple case of someone accidentally surprising a tiger, which then retaliates in self-defence, through fear, or because it has cubs to protect.
Other attacks come about when a tiger begins hunting domestic stock; often the first human victim is a herdsman protecting his animals. The cat may then learn that people are easy prey.
With Thanks To John
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