India has, on an average, lost a tiger every five days in the first six months of this year, with the National Tiger Conservation Authority reporting 34 deaths so far.
The last death was recorded on June 29 from Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra.
Reasons for the tiger deaths are available only for two of the 34 incidents, while details are awaited for 22 deaths and no reason given for the remaining, according to data available on tigernet.nic.in. The two deaths that were accounted for involved the shooting of a tiger by forest officials in a human-tiger conflict situation in Tamil Nadu state and another due to fighting between tigers in Madhya Pradesh.
The most number of days the nation has gone without reporting a tiger death this year is for 19 days in Jan.-Feb.
Karnataka state has fared the worst with nine tiger fatalities, followed by Madhya Pradesh with six, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu five each, Kerala four, Uttarakhand two, and Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal one each.
Of the nine deaths in Karanatka, eight happened in the first three months of the year, while all five deaths reported from Maharashtra have happened since April 1.
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