According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, Madhya Pradesh recorded the maximum 44 tiger deaths this year, followed by Maharashtra with 26 and Karnataka with 14. An official said that the increase in the death toll of tigers this year is being investigated.
New Delhi: The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) said on Thursday that 126 tigers died in India in 2021 and the cause of one recent tiger death in Madhya Pradesh is under investigation.
A tiger was found dead in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara on Wednesday, taking the death toll in the state to 44 this year. According to reports, two days ago a tigress had died in the state’s Dindori area after allegedly consuming poison.
An NTCA official said that there has been an increase in the number of tiger deaths in 2021 and investigation is on. He said that several measures are being taken for the protection of tigers which include patrolling and arresting people for poaching.
He said there could be multiple reasons for the death as the tiger population is very high and a standard operating procedure (SOP) is followed to find out the cause.
The official said that the tiger’s death is under the investigation of the state as well as the NTCA. He also dismissed reports that claimed that the tigress died due to poison in Dindori, Madhya Pradesh.
He said that these are only assumptions as investigation takes time.
He said, ‘The process of saving tigers is going on as patrolling is going on, and many people have also been arrested for poaching. We are doing everything to protect the tigers but we must also understand that about 30 per cent of them are outside the tiger reserve.
According to NTCA, Madhya Pradesh recorded the maximum 44 tiger deaths this year, followed by Maharashtra with 26 and Karnataka with 14.
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