RTI Response from Environment Ministry Indicates Nearly 200 Tigers Poached in the Last 12 Years

A poisoned tiger in Ranthambore
Aditya Singh
This sub-adult wild male tiger was poisoned by goat herders on the outskirts of Ranthambhore national park in March 2010.

An RTI application filed with the Ministry of Environment and Forests reveals that 197 tigers were killed through poaching between 1999 and 2011. The ministry also attributed the local extinction of tigers in Sariska and Panna to poaching. The worst years were 2001 and 2002, where 36 tigers were poached in each year. Two tigers have been poached already this year between January and March 17th. The ministry has not provided details of the action taken report for each case, as the state governments are the custodians of the report.

This excludes 250 wild tigers that died of natural causes like old age, in-fighting, starvation, road and rail accidents and electrocution during this period.

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