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13 tigers dead in MP in 1 year

Deccan Herald
Delhi
17 Oct 2016

As many as 13 tigers have died in Madhya Pradesh in the past one year due to poisoning and electrocution, besides other reasons in two national parks of Madhya Pradesh, PTI reports from Bhopal.


Replying to an RTI query, state forest department said nine national park known as home to Mowgli`, a fictional character and protagonist in English writer Rudyard Kipling`s `The Jungle Book` where as four died in Bandhavgarh national park.


Wildlife activist Ajay Dubey, who has filled a public Interest Litigation in Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking a probe in tiger poaching cases in the state national parks, sought details of death of the big cats in the last one year.

The reasons given by the forest department for tigers included poisoning, electrocution, disease, territorial fighting with other tigers and drowning in well. There are six tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, Bori-Satpura, Sanjay-Dubri and Pench which have about 257 big cats.


While the tiger population in the country was estimated at 1,706 in 2010, it had risen to 2,226 in 2004.