Tragedy struck the day before Thanksgiving when a wild tiger was killed in the village of Assam, India.
The tiger had killed two people after entering the village looking for food. Both the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and its partner Wildlife Trust of India had attempted to tranquilize the animal so that they could move it away from the village, but unfortunately the tiger entered a house in which it was cornered and upon trying to attack another person it was shot and killed by police.
Prior to that incident one tiger was poached in the Russian Far East and another was found poisoned in north India.
All three occurrences took place right after the closing of the Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia in which a new global plan was adapted by the heads of state from 13 tiger range countries to save the species from extinction.
"These tiger deaths highlight how critical it is to translate talk into action," said Fred O'Regan, IFAW President and CEO, who addressed the International Tiger Forum hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. "IFAW is committed to providing enforcement training and capacity-building support to range countries dealing with the challenge of protecting tigers and the people living near tiger reserves."
Two of the major threats to tigers are poaching and conflicts with people.
"We hope the St. Petersburg summit is a turning point for tigers, by mobilizing the political will needed to save this charismatic and critically-endangered species," said O'Regan. "But it's what we do after the meetings to bring the right resources to the people and communities on the front lines of tiger conservation that will make the difference – or not – to the fate of wild tigers."