Tiger deaths on the rise

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274 tigers have died in the past four years, the largest num­ber of deaths be­tween any two tiger

cen­suses

THE FIND­INGS of the 2014 tiger cen­sus are likely to be re­leased this month, but there is bad news for the big cat. At least 274 tigers have died in the past four years, Union en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar said in re­sponse to a ques­tion in Par­lia­ment. This is the high­est num­ber of tiger deaths re­ported be­tween two as­sess­ment cy­cles, which take place ev­ery four years. Only 82 tigers died due to nat­u­ral rea­sons. More than 70 per cent of tiger deaths were due to poach­ing or un­known rea­sons. Ac­cord­ing to the 2010 cen­sus, In­dia had ap­prox­i­mately 1,706 tigers. Be­tween 2006 and 2010, around 180 tigers were re­ported to have died. From 2002 to 2006, 105 tigers had died, while 146 tigers were re­ported dead be­tween 1998 and 2002. Ac­cord­ing to S P Yadav, deputy in­spec­tor gen­eral with the Na­tional Tiger Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (NTCA), the death fig­ures are un­likely to cen­sus will re­veal whether or not tiger pop­u­la­tion has risen de­spite the high mor­tal­ity.

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