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Still more tiger deaths

The problem goes beyond poaching

The death of 66 tigers since January 1 this year (or about one every four days) is testimony to the continuing decline in the population of this endangered species of big cats, despite the government committing huge chunks of forest land for their safe dwelling and spending crores of rupees annually on Project Tiger. Beginning with a tiger count of 1,827 in 1970, a number that was considered dangerously low and which, therefore, led to the launching of this wildlife conservation project, the tiger population has plummeted instead of growing, reaching 1,411 by 2006 when the last tiger census ...