A fascinating discussion on the relationship of tiger numbers and prey species
India's top wildlife scientist Dr K Ullas Karanth on Wednesday said India had potential to hold population of at least 10,000 tigers in the wild if tiger-prey relationship was properly understood. As per the tiger census 2014, there were 2,226 tigers in the country.
"Poaching is not the main reason for dwindling tiger population but declining prey base. You have vast stretches of forests in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Arunachal Pradesh with virtually no tigers, because there is no prey there," said Karanth. See link below to read the report in The Times of India.