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Trapping tigers

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A pig sty or tiger trap in the far north, circa 1898. Robert Neff Collection
By Robert Neff

In 1910, Korean tiger stories were very popular in American newspapers. One newspaper reported,
"It appears that since the Japanese occupation of Korea, [Koreans] have been forbidden to carry firearms, and as a consequence, tigers have multiplied to an extraordinary extent. It is not safe to go out shopping after dusk in some of the inland villages, and as many as 30 or 40 luckless [Koreans] have been devoured in certain districts within a week."

Another article wryly noted, "The tiger is as much a master [in Korea] as the Japanese."

Without rifles, many Koreans ― especially those in the more desolate regions ― were forced to resort to old tiger........

© The Korea Times