Monday, November 23, 2009

59 tiger deaths this year; MP tops chart with 13

59 tiger deaths this year; MP tops chart with 13


New Delhi, Nov 23 (PTI) The number of tiger deaths have doubled to 59 so far this year against last year's 28 cases, as Madhya Pradesh topped the list with 13 big cats dying during the period, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Giving details of the deaths till mid-November in the tiger-range states, Environment Minister Jairarm Ramesh said Assam reported 10 deaths followed by Karnataka (9), Uttarakhand (7) Maharashtra(4) and Rajasthan (3).

One big cat each died in Kerala, Orissa, Goa and Tamil Nadu during the year.

"The deaths include seizures of two skins each in Andhra Pradesh and Delhi and one each in Maharashtra and Uttarakhand," he said.

Ramesh said that reports were being received from various sources on the illegal wildlife trade linkages in various countries and action was being taken in respect of any connected crimes on Indian soil.

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