27 July 2022.
Union Minister of State for Environment Ashwini Kumar Choubey presented data on tigers in Lok Sabha recently. According to him, 329 tigers got lost in India in past 3 years. Poaching and other natural or unnatural causes were responsible for the loss.
Highlights of the Ministry’s data on Tigers:
- In 2019, India had lost 96 tigers; In 2020, it lost 106 tigers while 127 tigers were lost in 2021.
- Out of 329 deaths, 68 tiger died due to natural causes, 5 due to unnatural causes, 29 due to poaching and 30 due to seizure.
- Currently, 197 tigers have been put to scrutiny.
- Number of poaching cases has decreased from 17 in 2019 to 4 in 2021.
Ministry’s data on elephants:
- India lost 307 elephants in the same period due to poaching, poisoning, train accidents and electrocution.
- 222 elephants lost their life to electrocution in part three years.
- 41 cases were reported in Odisha, 34 in Tamil Nadu and 33 in Assam.
- 45 elephants have died in train accidents.
- 12 train fatalities were reported in Odisha while 11 in West Bengal.
- 29 elephants lost life to poaching. Out of this number; 12 deaths occurred in Meghalaya and 7 in Odisha.
- 11 elephants died due to poisoning, of which 9 deaths occurred in Assam.
As per government’s data, 125 people got killed in “tiger attacks” in last three years. 61 deaths occurred in Maharashtra and 25 in Uttar Pradesh.