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Private ownership of tigers in US subject to patchwork of laws

As many as 7,000 tigers live in the US, while only an estimated 3,890 remain in the wild, and many tigers in the US are kept in homes or caged as roadside attractions. Many tigers kept in the US were produced by breeders and are not subject to the Endangered Species Act, some were smuggled in, and laws governing ownership and living conditions vary by state.

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