Tiger Poaching Statistics
- Unnatural Tiger Deaths
(Below information provided
by the WPSI)
January 1994, the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI)
has collected data on the following number of Bengal
Tiger Poaching cases and Unnatural Tiger Deaths:
95 tigers known to have been killed in 1994
123 tigers killed in 1994
52 tigers killed in 1996
89 tigers killed in 1997
36 tigers killed in 1998
statistics, however, are fragmentary and represent only a
fraction of the
actual tiger poaching activity in India. As a result of the
spate of seizures in 1994 and 1995, poachers and traders now
also go to extraordinary lengths to conceal their illegal activities.
Tiger skins are often destroyed so that the criminals can indulge
in the more lucrative trade in tiger bones undetected. The
Central and State Government do not collate information on
poaching cases. The figures recorded are the result of reports
received by WPSI from enforcement authorities, operations carried
out by WPSI and other sources. WPSI also has records of a large
number of tigers that were officially "found dead".
Without verification of evidence of poaching or unnatural deaths,
these cases have not been included. Recent Tiger Part Seizures
and Poaching Incidents:
4 Jan 99
Two six-month-old tiger cubs were found dead in a private farm owned by a politician
near the Suhelwa Wildlife Sanctuary in U.P. Three people have been arrested
after confessing that they captured the cubs in a cave in the Sanctuary.
12 Feb 99
A tiger skeleton was seized and 3 wildlife traders and a driver arrested near
Bhowali, District Naini Tal, U.P. (WPSI assisted in the seizure and is supporting
the prosecution of this case).
15 Feb 99
A tiger skin was seized and 7 people arrested by the police in Pipriya, District
Hoshangbad, in Madhya Pradesh.
24 Feb 99
Two tiger skins were seized by police and 5 people arrested near Bilaspur in
Madhya Pradesh. (WPSI is assisting in the prosecution of this case).
1 Mar 99
A tiger skin and 5 pairs of tiger and leopard nails were seized in a joint
operation by the police and forest department in Vickramasingapuram and Kalakkad,
Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. Ten people were arrested. The accused allegedly
killed the tiger in the vicinity of the Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve.
Seizure of tiger skins and bones in Madhya Pradesh
Note: For mixed tiger bone seizures, the number of dead tigers have been calculated
by using an average of 12 kg of bones per tiger.
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