12 JULY 1873, Page 3

A writer in the Times declares that the true way

to extirpate tigers in India is to offer heavy rewards for the beasts' heads, rewards which will induce the Shikarrees to pursue them to ex- termination. We doubt that. If we offered £10 for every tiger, the shikarrees would kill one, live on the money for six months, and then kill another, and help no other hunters, fearing to spoil their own preserve. The true method is to prohibit great officials from tiger-hunting, pay the shikarrees a reasonable bonus, and fine the village headmen whenever a tiger carries anybody away. They can make the huntsmen work, and if not restrained by a secret belief that the magistrate wants the hunting, would do it.