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Last week, a sev­en­month-old tiger cub was re­ported to have died at a re­serve in Mad­hya Pradesh. The state was at the top of the list for tiger fa­tal­i­ties in 2017. The tiger cen­sus is due in Fe­bru­ary, and crit­ics of the MP gov­ern­ment say it’s not do­ing enough to pro­tect its tigers, un­der­min­ing the state’s at­tempts to at­tract tourists.


To­tal tigers in MP, revealed 2014 cen­sus, up from 257 in 2010, 300 in 2006


Tigers es­ti­mated to have died in In­dia in 2017, 98 recorded and 17 as­sumed through seizures of bones, skins and claws


Of tiger deaths recorded last year were in 3 states—MP, Ma­ha­rash­tra and As­sam


Of In­dia’s tigers live in forests out­side re­serves; 54 deaths in 2017, or 47% of to­tal deaths, recorded out­side re­serves


Tiger re­serves, span­ning 2.1% of In­dia’s ge­o­graph­i­cal area, cre­ated since 1973 to aid con­ser­va­tion ef­forts


Tigers killed in MP up to Jan­uary 29, 2018; 26 killed in 2017, fewer than 10 through natural causes; 33 in 2016


Tigers, or 60% of the world’s wild tiger pop­u­la­tion, live in In­dia, says the 2014 cen­sus, up from 1,411 in 2006

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