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Tigers are fighting a losing battle

Lalit Shastri

Bhopal: During 2017, 98 cases of tiger mortality and 17 cases of tiger body parts seizure were reported from different parts of India.

The maiximum mortality – 26 tigers – was reported from BJP ruled Madhya Pradesh, the central Indian State that boasts of the cental Indian highlands and was till a few years ago known as the Tiger State. What is most distrubing is that  is most disturbing is that 10 of these tigers have died in Tiger Reserves or in their close vicinity.

This year, one tiger mortality has been reported – that too from Madhya Pradesh. On January 3, 2018, Forest department has found a decomposed body of an adult tiger in Balaghat district.

It’s more than just sad the way tigers are perishing or getting killed….one is horrified by the fact that most of those who can act have abdicated their responsibility….Instead they are busy counting their gains and falling to greater depths on being doled out lavish sinecures and positions that matter. By paying lip service to combat Wildlife crime and by going all out to allow reckless cattle grazing, logging, minor forest produce collection, mining and encroachment of forest land, they are thriving and at the same driving the last nail in the coffin of this majestic specie. Irony is that those who have carved a name for themselves as Apostles of Conservation have became larger than life and larger than the tiger itself. While the biotic pyramid, with the tiger that was supposed to sit comfortably at its peak, crumbles, the Lord’s of democracy and their minions or the crony capitalists continue to bask in the glory of their ill-gotten fame. This, while the voiceless tiger clings to the precipice of its once rich habitat for survival.

Tiger, Mortality – 2017.
Serial No Date Location State Sex Age Remarks
1 29 Dec 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Nagpur, Bor
Maharashtra Male 3-5
2 27 Dec 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Kanha
Madhya Pradesh <1
3 26 Dec 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Orang
Assam NA
4 26 Dec 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Orang
Assam NA
5 25 Dec 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Moolehole, Bandipur
Karnataka Female 7-10
6 20 Dec 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Gehrighat, Panna
Madhya Pradesh Female NA
7 16 Dec 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Velgode Range, Atmakur
Andhra Pradesh Female <1
8 12 Dec 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Shahdol
Madhya Pradesh NA
9 11 Dec 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Shahdol
Madhya Pradesh Female NA
10 3 Dec 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Barwah Ghunghuti, Umaria
Madhya Pradesh Female NA
11 2 Dec 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
COmpt no 4 Khatima Range Terai West
Uttarakhand Male >10
12 30 Nov 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Bijrani, Corbett
Uttarakhand Female NA
13 26 Nov 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Noloni camp, Agaratoli, Kaziranga
Assam Female NA
14 25 Nov 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
SOuth Shahdol Division
Madhya Pradesh NA
15 25 Nov 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Upper Dikoroi, Nameri WL, Nameri
Assam NA
16 19 Nov 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Theppakadu, Mudumalai
Tamil Nadu Female 2-3 Snares & Traps
17 18 Nov 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Dhela, Corbett
Uttarakhand Female 5-7
18 17 Nov 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Compt 454, Pusada beat, Paoni Range, Nagpur
Maharashtra Male 3-5
19 17 Nov 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Compt 454, Pusada beat, Paoni Range, Nagpur
Maharashtra Female 3-5
20 15 Nov 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Mul, Tadoba Andhari, 355
Maharashtra 1-2
21 7 Nov 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Bhaisamari, Bagori, Kaziranga
Assam Male 2-3
22 3 Nov 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Gadchiroli, Chaprala WLS
Maharashtra Female NA
23 3 Nov 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Near Compt no. 438, Katni, Katni
Madhya Pradesh Male 2-3 Electrocution
24 26 Oct 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Compt 18, Amangarh
Uttar Pradesh Male 7-10
25 18 Oct 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Mahawan village, Tala, Bandhavgarh
Madhya Pradesh NA
26 14 Oct 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Wardha, Bor
Maharashtra Female 2-3 Electrocution
27 13 Oct 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Karmajhiri, Pench
Madhya Pradesh NA
28 29 Sep 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Dhamokar, Bandhavgarh
Madhya Pradesh <1
29 25 Sep 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Satosha, Pench
Madhya Pradesh 1-2
30 24 Sep 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Mili village relocated site, Bandhavgarh
Madhya Pradesh NA
31 20 Sep 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Khandar, Ranthambhore
Rajasthan Male 7-10
32 30 Aug 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Kakraha Katerniaghat, Dudhwa
Uttar Pradesh Male NA
33 30 Aug 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Dhela buffer, Corbett
Uttarakhand Female NA
34 26 Aug 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Junona FDCM Range, Chandrapur
Maharashtra NA
35 19 Aug 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Katerniaghat Range, Katerniaghat WL Division, Dudhwa
Uttar Pradesh Female 2-3
36 18 Aug 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Daflang Camp, Bagori, Kaziranga
Assam Male 3-5
37 16 Jul 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
North Mangeri, Ambabarwa, Akot, Melghat, 351
Maharashtra 2-3 Natural
38 12 Jul 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Hardoi Branch Canal, Pilibhit
Uttar Pradesh Female >10
39 3 Jul 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Buffer Area, Tadoba Andhari
Maharashtra <1 Natural
40 3 Jul 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Buffer Area, Tadoba Andhari
Maharashtra <1 Natural
41 17 Jun 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Sarpduli, Corbett
Uttarakhand Female 5-7
42 13 Jun 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Nandigaon, Thanigebyle, Bhadra
Karnataka NA
43 9 Jun 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Veruthode, Vendikadavu, Wayanad WLS
Kerala >10 In Fighting
44 1 Jun 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Hebbe, Bhadra
Karnataka Male NA
45 23 May 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Compt 436-458 Satara Tukum Kelzar Round, Chichpalli Range, Chandrapur
Maharashtra Female NA
46 22 May 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Compt 6 Dhara block, Kalagarh, Corbett
Uttarakhand Male NA
47 21 May 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Khairlanji Range, North Balaghat
Madhya Pradesh Female 3-5 Electrocution
48 20 May 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Hebbe, Bhadra
Karnataka Male NA
49 19 May 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Kaliyal beat, Kaliyal Range, Kanniyakumari
Tamil Nadu NA
50 18 May 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
COmpt 73 Girgao beat Talodhi Range, Brahmapuri
Maharashtra <1
51 15 May 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
DB Kuppe, Nagarahole
Karnataka <1 Natural
52 8 May 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Ramnagar
Uttarakhand Female NA
53 5 May 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
UBK, Similipal
Orissa NA
54 5 May 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Bori, Satpura
Madhya Pradesh Male 5-7
55 3 May 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Pilibhit
Uttar Pradesh Male <1
56 3 May 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Pilibhit
Uttar Pradesh <1
57 3 May 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Sawali Range, Chandrapur, Tadoba Andhari
Maharashtra NA
58 2 May 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Honathittu, Talamalai, Sathyamangalam
Tamil Nadu NA Poisoning
59 2 May 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Bijrani, Corbett
Uttarakhand Female <1
60 27 Apr 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Brahmapuri, Tadoba Andhari
Maharashtra Male 5-7 Electrocution
61 26 Apr 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Tala Forest campus, Umaria, Bandhavgarh/Sanjay
Madhya Pradesh Male <1 Disease
62 23 Apr 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Tala Forest campus, Umaria, Bandhavgarh/Sanjay
Madhya Pradesh Female <1 Disease
63 22 Apr 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Betul
Madhya Pradesh Male 2-3 Poaching
64 22 Apr 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Shahdol
Madhya Pradesh Female <1 Natural
65 22 Apr 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Tala Forest campus, Umaria, Bandhavgarh/Sanjay
Madhya Pradesh Female <1 Disease
66 20 Apr 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Compt 477 Katangi Range, South Balaghat
Madhya Pradesh Female <1
67 18 Apr 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Saleghat, Mansinghdeo, Pench
Maharashtra Female NA Natural
68 15 Apr 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Laodubi, Kohora, Kaziranga
Assam Male >10
69 15 Apr 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Sandni 4 Dechauri Range, Ramnagar
Uttarakhand Male NA
70 12 Apr 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Sanjay Dubri
Madhya Pradesh Male NA Natural
71 2 Apr 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Lokkere, Kundukere, Bandipur
Karnataka Male NA
72 1 Apr 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Bhimkoti Beat Bhudni Range, Sehore
Madhya Pradesh Female 1-2 Road/Rail Accident
73 31 Mar 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Dhulwa East, Near Dhangadi, Sarpduli, Corbett
Uttarakhand Male >10
74 24 Mar 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Orang
Assam Male NA
75 16 Mar 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Parambikulam
Kerala Female <1 Natural
76 16 Mar 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Bel Padav Range, Terai West
Uttarakhand Male 3-5 Un-Natural Death (JCB)
77 11 Mar 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Mawala, Mukki, Kanha
Madhya Pradesh <1 Snares & Traps
78 4 Mar 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Nagarahole
Karnataka NA
79 27 Feb 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Obaidullaganj
Madhya Pradesh NA Natural
80 25 Feb 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
South Kheri
Uttar Pradesh NA Natural
81 22 Feb 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
COmpt 1 Chhoi Beat Belparao Range, Terai West
Uttarakhand Male NA
82 21 Feb 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Chidiyapur Range, Haridwar
Uttarakhand NA
83 16 Feb 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Barua Block Belparao Range, Terai West
Uttarakhand Male 7-10
84 14 Feb 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Kolitmara, Pench
Maharashtra NA
85 12 Feb 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Nameri
Assam Male 1-2
86 11 Feb 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Hediyala, Bandipur
Karnataka Female 5-7
87 3 Feb 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
DB Kuppe, Nagarahole
Karnataka <1
88 29 Jan 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Veerajpet, Nagarahole
Karnataka Female 3-5
89 22 Jan 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Veerajpet, Nagarahole
Karnataka Male 7-10 In Fighting
90 22 Jan 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Khichkidi, Manpur Buffer, Bandhavgarh
Madhya Pradesh Male 2-3
91 20 Jan 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Veerajpet, Nagarahole
Karnataka Male 1-2
92 19 Jan 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
C .No. 59 Aketpur Beat East Beohari Range, North Shahdol
Madhya Pradesh NA
93 19 Jan 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Dechauri Range, Ramnagar Division, Corbett
Uttarakhand Male 5-7
94 17 Jan 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Nagarahole
Karnataka Female 5-7
95 14 Jan 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
East Pench, Pench, 264
Maharashtra Female 7-10
96 13 Jan 2017 Outside Tiger Reserve :
Nagpur, Khapa Range, Nagpur Division
Maharashtra Female NA Electrocution
97 13 Jan 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
Bandipur
Karnataka Male 7-10 Natural
98 3 Jan 2017 Inside Tiger Reserve :
DB Kuppe, Nagarahole
Karnataka NA Natural

Figures courtesy: The Official Database of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (A Statutory Body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India)

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