Nine tigers already dead in 2009February 25th, 2009 - 5:10 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Nine tigers have already died in and around the forests of India since the beginning of 2009, parliament was informed Wednesday. The government had said last year that only about 1,400 tigers were left in the wild in the country.
Replying to a question, Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment and Forests S. Reghupathy said in the Lok Sabha that according to information provided by various state governments, 14 tigers had died in 2008, 30 in 2007 and 14 in 2006.
The minister also provided the worrying information that 52 rare Asiatic lions had died in fiscal 2007-08 and 35 in 2006-07.
One leopard has died in 2009 so far, the minister said, adding that the number of leopards that died was eight each in 2008 and 2007 and 17 in 2006.