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Increase in tiger deaths

10 Apr 2017
Rajya Sabha


  1. SHRIMATI RENUKA CHOWDHURY:                       

Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

(a)  the total number of tiger deaths reported in the country during the last three years, year-wise;

(b)  the reasons for continuous increase in the number of tiger deaths during the last several years; and

(c)  the preventive steps taken by Government to stop rampant poaching of tigers in the country for its skin and bones?

MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIORNMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE (SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE) 

(a) The total number of tiger deaths reported in the country during the last three years, year-wise, as reported by States, is at Annexure-I

(b) Analysis of tiger mortalities taken place in the country during the last three years due to poaching excluding seizures, shows that the average number of tiger deaths due to confirmed poaching is 9 and the confirmed poaching case in 2016 is 12, which is marginally high.  Reports of poaching incidences appear to be slightly high because of more seizures resulting from the concerted efforts of the NTCA / Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), field formations under the State Governments and other intelligence and enforcement agencies.  While in the year 2014 and 2015, 10 and 12 seizures were made respectively, the number of seizures in 2016 went up to 22.  

(c)  Details of preventive steps taken by Government of India through the National Tiger Conservation Authority, to stop rampant poaching of tigers in the country for its skin and bones, are at Annexure-II.

 

ANNEXURE-I

 

ANNEXURE REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PART (a) OF THE RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 4186 ON INCREASE IN TIGER DEATHS DUE FOR REPLY ON 10.04.2017

Number of tiger deaths reported in the country during the last three years, year-wise, as reported by States

 

 

2014

2015

2016

S. No.

States

Under Scrutiny

Confirmed poaching including seizure

Natural and Other cases

Under Scrutiny

Confirmed poaching including seizure

Natural and Other cases

Under Scrutiny

Confirmed poaching including seizure

Natural and Other cases

1

Andhra Pradesh

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Arunachal Pradesh

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

3

Assam

5

0

1

4

1

0

4

2

1

4

Bihar

0

0

3

0

0

2

1

3

0

5

Chhattisgarh

0

2

0

0

1

0

0

2

0

6

Delhi

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

7

Jharkhand

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

Karnataka

2

0

5

0

4

11

4

3

10

9

Kerala

2

1

1

0

0

6

3

1

1

10

Madhya Pradesh

0

3

13

0

6

9

8

6

18

11

Maharashtra

1

3

6

7

1

4

7

1

8

12

Mizoram

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

13

Nagaland

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

14

Odisha

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

15

Rajasthan

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

3

16

Tamil Nadu

3

4

10

0

1

5

5

1

2

17

Uttarakhand

0

2

6

2

2

6

5

6

3

18

Uttar Pradesh

1

0

1

0

4

0

1

1

2

19

West Bengal

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

0

20

Goa

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

Telangana

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

 

Total

14

19

46

13

21

47

42

31

48

 

GRAND TOTAL

79

81

121