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PostPosted: November 22nd, 2010, 6:52 pm 
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http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/101121/world/eu_russia_saving_tigers

How ironic...in China, it will be the year of the Tiger.

First the tiger, then ?

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PostPosted: November 22nd, 2010, 9:18 pm 
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Yes it would be sad.

Now, how likely is it really?

20-years ago the forecast was that the Wood Buffalo would be extinct within 20 years if Canada didn't spend $20 million to cull the herd of buffalo infected with Tuberculosis and Brucellosis. A quick google search shows that the population in 2002 was larger than the population in 1990. http://www.enr.gov.nt.ca/_live/pages/wpPages/Wood_Buffalo_National_Park_herd.aspx Note that the herd never was culled.

My only real point here is that I personally tend to react very negatively to cataclysmic predictions. I expect that I'm not the only one turned off by them. As an aside related to Jedi Jeffi's poll the biggest thing I think "national" environmental organizations need to do is to start acting in a mature manner rather than throwing around absolutes and ultimatums that I rarely find justified.

Habitat conservation is quite probably the most effective way to preserve a species so I fully support that objective. The Wood Buffalo example could be a really good comparison here since over a comparable 12 year period where the only benefit the herd had was habitat preservation the population actually grew.

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PostPosted: November 23rd, 2010, 7:29 am 
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Okay...what did the article say? 3200 left? And they are actively poached?

Their threat is not just habitat loss.... it's stupid people who believe in Asian medicine.

12 years seems right to me....

Hope I'm wrong.

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