Threats to Malayan tigers
Coming into conflict with people
Moreover, conversion of forests to agriculture or commercial plantations has resulted in more frequent encounters between tigers and livestock.
The cost for farmers can be high: for example, livestock loss due to tigers is estimated to have cost more than US$400,000 from 1993-2003 in Terengganu, one of the poorest areas in Peninsular Malaysia.
In retaliation, tigers are often killed by authorities or angry villagers, or else captured and put in zoos. Tigers killed as “conflict” animals often end up sold on the black market, creating a link between human-tiger conflict and poaching.