Who killed the Korean Tiger?

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                              By the early 20th Century, the species of tigers that had roamed all over the
Korean peninsula had completely disappeared. There may be some tigers still alive in the upper
extreme corner of the Korean peninsula in North Korea and part of Russia, but that is speculation.
For all due purposes the Korean tiger is extinct. Some Korean nationalists have accused the
Japanese of hunting the Korean tiger to extinction. However, I believe that the extinction of the
tiger is more complicated. Long before the Japanese took over Korea, Koreans were hunting
the tiger in ever greater numbers. When the Japanese took over the Korean peninsula, they
started to also extensively hunt the tiger and many Koreans who feared being attacked by tigers
had set fire to whole tracts of forests thus destroying a lot of the tiger’s habitat. The Korean War
also had a devastating impact on what was left of Korea’s wildlife, and the fact that the tiger was
also in competition with the leopard and black bear may have led to its extinction. The Japanese
we must remember also hunted the leopards but the last one reportedly killed was in South Korea
in 1970. Hence, the leopards survived the Japanese.  There is speculation that the tigers may be in the
Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas. However, this is mere guessing and no sightings have
been made of any tigers. There have been paw prints of what may be tigers in the extreme
northern half of the Korean peninsula, but that is still not conclusive proof that there are any tigers
left in the Korean peninsula. So we are left with a mystery if any tigers still inhabit the Korean
peninsula, and if any how many and can the tiger population come back. I am simply convinced
that no one group of people or any other circumstance alone wiped out the Korean tigers.