The world’s tiger population isn’t doing well. Their habitats are shrinking, and tigers (which need a lot of space) are vanishing. There may be fewer than 5,000 of these magnificent beasts remaining in the wild, and they’re mercilessly hunted.
However, there’s lots of tigers in capitivity. A LOT; more than there are in the wild. Tigers are easily bred (relatively speaking) and live a long time, and are wildly popular attractions, so any zoo worth its salt and some that aren’t have tigers.
So why not take a whole mess of Siberian tigers and drop them in Canada’s wilderness?
Canada has a LOT of wilderness. The northern boreal and sub-boreal forests are vast beyond imagining and largely unpopulated. Canada exerts reasonably strong control over its natural resources and poaching and such, and I suspect people would find the idea of Canada having tigers really cool, and would support efforts to have them here.
But what impact would this have?
What impact would the introduction of tigers have on present Canadian predators, such as wolves, coyotes, cougars, lynx, and black, brown and polar bears? Could they make much of a dent in their prey animals, such as deer?
Tigers are exceptionally aggressive and dangerous, and have no problems with eating people. If we were to introduce, say, 500 tigers across the broad swath of Canadian forest, even if fairly far north away from the big cities, how many campers, loggers, and fishing lodge tourists would be eaten? Wouldn’t that be great?
Assuming poaching is controlled, are there any reasons tigers could not survive in Canada?