Despite appointing Amitabh Bachchan as the brand ambassador for the government’s tiger conservation projects, Tiger deaths persisted and the tiger numbers are dwindling in the country.
- As per the latest data released by National Tiger Conservation Authority, under the Ministry of Environment and Forests and TRAFFIC-India, the wildlife trade monitoring network, the country lost close to 41 tigers from January until August 9 this year. Surprisingly, the numbers matches the count in the same period in 2014.
- The data also revealed that tigers are dying not just from natural causes. Apart from natural death, authorities have pointed out other reasons for tiger deaths in the last various years, including poaching, in fighting, snares and traps, poisoning by villagers and shooting. Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have reported the maximum number of tiger deaths in the recent years.
- According to Vikas Kharge, secretary Revenue and Forest Department, incidents of tiger poaching have declined in Maharashtra largely due to an increase in the number of protection measures undertaken.
- A special tiger protection force, comprising a team of 120 personnel, has been employed in each of the four reserves of the state and for locals’ involvement in saving tigers, village eco development committeeshave been set up for community participation in conservation of forest and tigers.
- He also added that choosing actor Amitabh Bachchan as the ambassador for its tiger conservation projects is likely to have a positive outcome for conservation measures. But the survey report certainly indicates a negligible impact.