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Tiger deaths surge in India – Corbett & Tadoba hit by poaching

15/06/2012 08:07:28

A large male tiger was hacked to pieces in Tadoba in May - Photo courtesy of Wildlife Protection Society of India

At least 48 tigers have died so far this year
June 2012. India's tiger fatalities are rising steadily; the country has lost 48 tigers in the last 22 weeks, with Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand and the Tadoba Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra being the hardest hit by poaching.

At least 19 tigers were victims of poaching

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) confirmed that 19 of these deaths are clear-cut cases of poaching but wildlife experts claim poaching deaths could be much higher. 48 tiger deaths in 6 months compares with 56 tiger deaths reported in the whole of 2010 and 52 reported in 2011.

A sharp rise in poaching has created a situation where, according to the minister in charge, "tiger reserve states are now afraid to report mortality of a tiger. But in order to ensure that all deaths do get reported, we now insist that someone from NTCA will be present for the post-mortem of a tiger."

Deputy inspector general of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Mr S.P. Yadav, admits that one of the NTCA's biggest weaknesses has been in the field of intelligence gathering. "Intelligence gathering is the backbone of anti-poaching activities. Delay in reaction allows the poacher to get the upper hand," he said.

Detailed security plan
The NTCA has mooted the setting up of an anti-poaching force, with Karnataka being the first state to put this into practice. It has also launched a detailed security plan for these tiger reserves and already thermal cameras are operational in the southern part of Corbett National Park.

"With constant pressure from Far Eastern markets for tiger parts it has never been more important for us to come together to secure precious tiger habitats," says David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) CEO, Melanie Shepherd. "Our work In India, Thailand and Russia is helping to maintain the stability of tiger populations in these areas but we need to keep up the fight to protect the wild tiger."

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Read the comments about this article and leave your own comment

This is rubish

Posted by: George | 02 Jul 2012 20:05:15

Chinese in general can

Posted by: George | 02 Jul 2012 20:04:18

Why wont it work

Posted by: George | 02 Jul 2012 20:03:32


Chinese in general can

Posted by: George | 02 Jul 2012 20:03:01


Chinese in general can

Posted by: George | 02 Jul 2012 20:02:10

Human Race-A Disgrace

What the f%&* is going on. These demons, devils that are raping and murdering the worlds wildlife need to be exterminated themselves. The time has come to stop talking and start shooting back to save these endangered animals. No more bable from politicians, stop these murdering bastards before it's too late. Get off your arse and do something about it. Im heading to South Africa to shoot me some poachers. Look out you bastards, Im coming for you.

Posted by: | 21 Jun 2012 08:11:15

Dom, mate!

I have lost your email address. Email me! - Dave.

Posted by: David Griffiths | 18 Jun 2012 15:53:50

must completly eradecate.

Posted by: naveenchllakapati | 18 Jun 2012 13:03:51

Both China AND India should THINK!

Both India AND China have enough Money to open Coal Mines and Oil Drilling in the East of Australia, thus ruining OUR Marine Life, because of the dredging they want to do in our Great Barrier Reef!

If India is willing to pay for that, it doesn't surprise me if they don't do much to their own Nature Reserves! Killing animals for China's so called Medicines is just as big a crime as Japan killing our Whales.

India should think about the future generation, who'll miss all the beautiful Wildlife as it is now!

Dominic Belfield is right about the Nuclear weapons and that! But where does India get the Uranium from? Our PM was generous enough to take the Uranium rich Land OFF our Aboriginal People just to sell it to...... yes India!

India, let the Parkrangers do what they want to do and kill Poachers on sight! I certainly believe that will be the only thing that may just save the tigers in India!

Spend your money on saving your Wild Life, instead of spending your money in ruining ours as well!

Posted by: Agnes Hall | 17 Jun 2012 09:04:17

Time for Acton

One state in India has had enough. Poachers who do not drop arms can now be shot on sight by the rangers. This is the only way to meet such bloody violence with justified violence.

Posted by: Maureen McGill | 16 Jun 2012 16:51:10

Let's not demonise all Chinese

I do not agree with some of the sentiments expressed in the response below, common humanity must temper our anger at thoughtless consumerism by a rich, ruthless few.

After all, where are OUR big cats? We should by rights have them in temperate habitats in western Europe. But we eradicated them centuries if not millennia ago; at least India and China have some of their big cats still alive, if only just. And while they have far bigger human populations, Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism have all proved far more wildlife friendly than Judeo-Christian religions and cultures.

And anyway, Chinese leaders can be relied upon to lay waste to their own peoples with far more facility and sheer relish than any natural disasters; examine the 'Great Father of the Nation' Mao and his famine of 1958-1962. Approx. 40 million+ dead in four years ! More "effective" than the 3rd Reich.

Unfortunately current Chinese leaders are turning their skills in this arena to subject people's like the Tibetans, who are clearly "disposable" and "surplus to requirements".

Tigers and Tibetans, both disappearing fast.

Posted by: Dominic Belfield | 15 Jun 2012 23:24:13

Impose Sanctions

It's time for countries in the world to impose strict sanctions on the Chinese, Thailand, Taiwan, Korea, Japan etc. - all the countries that are destroying the planets valuable wildlife - elephant, rhino, tiger etc. etc. Isn't it amazing how we whinge & moan about so many things yet no countries do anything about imposing sanctions on countries that are deliberately wiping out much of the planet's valuable & treasured wildlife. Is everyone afraid of China? For me, I take great pleasure whenever I hear on the news that they have floods or earthquakes or dust storms etc. - these kind of people deserve to suffer for all the suffering they cause to the innocent animals of our world. They have no respect for human or animal life & deserve what they get AND MORE. China will be remembered as THE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT SYSTEMATICALLY WIPED OUT HUGE NUMBERS OF ANIMALS.
Lindsay Jenions

Posted by: Lindsay Rooken-Smith Jenions | 15 Jun 2012 20:35:59


What can be done? So much publicity has been given recently to the plight of the tiger and the poaching crisis, yet it appears to be all in vain. How can anyone believe that eating or drinking animal parts can improve their health or libido?

Posted by: Andrea Polden | 15 Jun 2012 14:53:49

Wake up India !

Wake up India - you're losing your prime iconic symbol !

Will your grandchildren accept any feeble excuses when they learn that poachers stole their last beautiful tigers ?

And that while you could afford a space programme, nuclear weapons and massive-multiple billionaires, you let the last wild tigers slip away to be guzzled by indolent Chinese restauranteurs, wanting a hard-on ?

Time to take real remedial action - now !

Posted by: Dominic Belfield | 15 Jun 2012 13:39:14

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