72 Tiger deaths to July 2016 in India
As against poaching as a prominent reason, tiger mortality in the country is witnessing a new trend of “density related deaths” over the past few years. Giving details, the official said, “with tiger density on the rise in many PT areas, there are increasing number of territorial fight fatality cases. Also, many young and weak old tigers get knocked out to non-protected fringes, where they come in clash with local populations, often succumbing to retaliation by humans. Male tigers often kill cubs to force the tigers to mate or even kill an unwilling tigress with cubs. Sometimes tigers are also found to have died after consuming herbivore carcasses poisoned by aggrieved farmers.” See link below to read the report in the Indian Express.