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Tiger count in India up by 30 per cent; country now home to 2,226 big cats

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The tiger population in the country has shown a staggering increase of 30 per cent and their current number stand at 2, 226, Environment Minitser Praksh Javedkar informed the Lok Sabha.

There are 2,226 tigers today. In the last four years, there has been an increase of 30 per cent in their population,” he said during Question Hour.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar informed the House that 22 poachers were also killed last year in encounters with enforcement agencies.

Terming poaching as a “big problem”, he said that 22 poachers were killed last year in encounters.  He also said that the government has taken various pro-active measures in this regard. Elaborating the economics behind poaching, he said a single-horn rhino can fetch upto Rs one crore.

Talking about the need for stronger laws, Javadekar said the government wants to make law on poaching and wildlife more stringent and was bringing a comprehensive amendment to it.

Giving figures, the Minister said in 2012, deaths of 89 tigers were reported but the figure went down to 68 in 2013. The numbers witnessed a jump in 2014 when 78 deaths were reported and 17 tigers have died so far this year, he said.

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Nepal Saves Its Tiger Population, Doubles It

The latest national tiger survey was held from November 2017 to April this year in the trans-boundary Terai Arc Landscape with the help of camera traps and surveys.

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Nepal's tiger population doubles. Flickr

Nepal has been able to almost double the number of wild tigers within a decade.

The report released on the occasion of the National Conservation Day states that the number of tigers across the country has reached 235, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

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The tiger census of 2009 had put the number of wild cats at 121, which has nearly doubled in a decade.

There were 198 tigers in Nepal according to the last survey in 2013.

The latest growth has raised hopes for the Himalayan country to meet the international target of doubling the population of tigers by 2022 as per the global commitment.

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There were 198 tigers in the country according to the last survey in 2013. Flickr

According to a statement issued by World Wide Fund (WWF) Nepal on Sunday, Nepal is the first country to achieve global standards in managing tiger conservation areas, an accreditation scheme governed by the Conservation Assured Tiger Standards.

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The latest national tiger survey was held from November 2017 to April this year in the trans-boundary Terai Arc Landscape with the help of camera traps and surveys. (IANS)