Is it theoretically possible to restore the Tiger population to 100,000?
The current global Tiger population is roughly 5100 according to Wikipedia. With habitat destruction and poaching continuing and no effective improvement in conservation, most likely the Tiger population will continue to decrease. I'm wondering what is the theoretical maximum population to which the Tiger species could be restored. Suppose poaching and habitat destruction stopped today and conservation efforts were increased drastically, so the only factors limiting population growth are the natural dynamics between the species and its prey. Could we then restore the global population of tigers to its pre-20th century level of 100,000?