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What animals eat tigers?

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As apex predators, only humans intentionally seek out tigers for the purpose of killing them. However, other predatory species do clash with tigers when their territories overlap. This includes wolves, bears and crocodiles.

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Tigers are native to the Indian subcontinent and Asia, hunting large game and even some predatory species, such as the sloth bear. Due to their carnivorous diet, tigers come into conflict with a number of other predators, including various species of wild dogs, bears and other big cats. Despite their size, tigers do end up on the losing side of these engagements, but not without inflicting significant losses on the opposition.

In addition, tigers occasionally lose out to more canny prey, resulting in punctures from buffalo horns, tramples from hooves or broken bones from being kicked by powerful hind legs. Tiger hunts were once an important part of Indian culture, but due to their declining population, this practice is reserved only for animals that pose a threat to human life. As of 2014, it is believed that only 3,200 wild tigers remain in the world, resulting in a 97 percent loss in population over the course of the last 100 years. In the United States, 5,000 tigers were reported in captivity as of 2013.

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