67 tigers die in six months in India, government does not know why

26 June 2017

The New Indian Express
By Richa Sharma | Express News Service | Published: 26th June 2017 08:44 PM

NEW DELHI: In a worrying trend in the first six months this year, 11 tigers died every month, which means one tiger death reported every three days. What should concern the government more is that of 67 big cats dead, authorities have been able to find reasons behind the death in only one case.

The data for the first six months shows that 58 bodies were recovered but in nine cases only body parts were seized by the authorities. The highest number of tiger deaths was reported from Karnataka (14), Madhya Pradesh (13) and Uttarakhand (9).

India is home to world’s 60 percent tigers in the wild. The tiger estimation 2014 put the population of big cats in India 2,226 compared to 1706 in 2010 and 1411 in 2006.

The numbers also throw up another bothering trend whereby 36 tigers were found dead outside tiger reserves and 31 inside the boundaries of tiger reserves.

According to experts, about 1000 of 2226 tigers are outside 50 tiger reserves in the country and there is an urgent need to have marking of tiger corridors and policy to ensure their protection outside physical boundaries of tiger reserves.

Last year turned out to be worse for big cats with hopping 122 tiger deaths, which was way high compared to 80 deaths in 2015.

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