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Frontiers of FearTigers and People in the Malay World, 1600-1950$
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Peter Boomgaard

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300085396

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300085396.001.0001

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Man-Eating Tigers

Man-Eating Tigers

(p.61) 4 Man-Eating Tigers
Frontiers of Fear

Peter Boomgaard

Yale University Press

This chapter reviews data about man-eating tigers that suggests an inverse linear relationship between population densities and per capita numbers of people killed by tigers. In areas with low population densities, the number of people killed by tigers was relatively high. The numbers of people killed by tigers per unit of land had a curvilinear relationship to population densities. Thus, in low- and high-population density areas, the probability of being killed by a tiger, expressed per unit of land, was low. The chapter also finds that man-eating as a specialized activity of decrepit individuals or of those who have no alternative prey available is probably a modern phenomenon, in Java perhaps not older than the 1870s, where it came into being when the tigers were about to disappear.

Keywords:   man-eating tigers, linear relationship, population density, curvilinear relationship, probability

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