A new study found no evidence that wild tigers still exist in Laos, and instead researchers have found a number of deadly traps designed to capture and kill animals. The study was published in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation. The report’s lead author, zoologist Akchousanh Rasphone, says traps are easy to make, and one can create hundreds or thousands of traps.
Tiger skin and its other organs are valuable trading objects. The last estimate of the number of tigers in Laos was in 2016, when it was estimated that only two wild tigers were in the country, and that they had been seen by cameras, and that they were likely killed by traps.
Indo-Chinese tigers are currently in large numbers in Thailand, with the most recent estimated 189 wild tigers, compared with seven in China and less than five in Vietnam, and there is no reliable estimate in Myanmar.