Sunday, 30 April 2017

NEWSLINK: Maharashtra in India’s top four in tiger and leopard deaths

Maharashtra lost 291 leopards and 84 tigers between 2010 and 2017, with poachers killing 159, according to a study by the Wildlife Protection Survey of India (WPSI).

The study also says that six sloth bears were killed during the period.

Of the big cats that were killed, 134 were leopards and 25 were tigers, accounting for 42% of the deaths. There were 17 leopard deaths in 2017, with poachers responsible for seven deaths. There were 46 deaths in both 2016 and 2015. Four tigers died in 2017, one of them poached. Sixteen of them died in 2016 — the highest. Four tigers were poached in 2012 . WPSI’s report used data collected from annual reports of the state and central forest departments.


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