India loses 98 tigers, Madhya Pradesh in top with 26 deaths in 2017 as per NTCA
17 cases of big cat body part seizure reported overall in 2017
Once known tiger state Madhya Pradesh lost 26 tigers last year while total of 98 big cats died in year 2017 across India as per National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) data. Total 17 cases of seizure of tiger body parts like Canines, Tiger Claws, Tiger Bones and skin reported in overall with highest in Assam.
Of these, 26 died in MP, followed by 18 in Maharashtra, 15 each in Uttarakhand and Karnataka, nine in Assam, seven in Uttar Pradesh, three in Tamilnadu, two in Kerla and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan, as per figure reported by NTCA.
For conservation of tigers currently The Project Tiger is running undet NTCA for conserving the wildcats. Total budget allotted for 2017-18 was Rs 345 crore for tiger conservation in national parks and tiger reserves.
Out of 98 deaths, total 56 big cats died inside tiger reserve where advance and full proof monitoring arrangement with staff deployed for safety of tigers.
Recently on 3rd Jan 2018 decomposed body of an adult tiger in Balaghat, MP. While on 20 Dec 2017 a tigress died in Panna Tiger Reserve trapped in the illegally powered wire laid by poachers. Before this four tigers, including a cub, have died in Shahdol-Umaria region of MP.
Minister of State In The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, told in Rajya Sabha in this winter session that The National Wildlife Action Plan (2017-2031) is the third Plan running for conservation of wild life. He also figured tiger population shown 30% increase countrywide with an estimated number of 2226 as compared to 2010 estimation of 1706. He also told that during year 2015-16, a total of 100 tiger deaths were reported by the States out of which 23 cases were because of poaching including seizures.
India has 70 per cent of the world's tiger population in over 17 states and 50 sanctuaries across the country. – Window To News