11 Indian tigers killed since beginning of 2010

13:20, March 09, 2010      

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At least 11 Indian tigers have died since the beginning of this year, making the Indian tiger total figures below the official figure of 1,411, the Indian newspaper the Times of India reported on Tuesday.

Five tigers were killed in the reserves of the related states, while the other six dead in some states' forests, Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Monday, the paper reported.

Among the 5 deaths in the reserves, two each were killed because of the infighting in the northwestern state of Uttarakhand and the northeastern state of Assam, while the remaining one was poisoned in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, said Ramesh.

Last year, 66 Indian tigers were killed, among which 17 due to fatal hunting.

The minister said its ministry will take more steps to protect the shrinking tigers in the country.

India has the largest wild tiger population in the world. However, more and more tigers are facing the challenges of the existence due to the natural and artificial reasons.

Source: Xinhua
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