There are less than 500 wild tigers left in Indonesia. But they’ve been mighty busy in 2009, mauling nine Sumatrans to death over the past five weeks alone. The victims were all either illegal loggers, or poachers, or possibly both.
As with the tanking global economy, things are bound to get a lot worse before they get better (at least for the humans). Sumatra’s forested land has been halved in size since 1985, and clearcutting continues virtually unabated. Less forest means fewer wild pigs and deer, the Sumatran tiger’s preferred victuals. Humans are the cats’ dietary Plan B.