Tiger deaths surge in India – Corbett & Tadoba hit by poaching15/06/2012 08:07:28 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
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
"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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