2009 so far has been a very bad year for tigers in India. According to statistics collected from all over the country, there have been 66 tiger deaths from January 1 to August 16 and 72 till September. Out of these, 23 tigers have become victim to poaching, 43 deaths have been caused by territorial fights, old age, tiger-human conflict, accidents and diseases and the other 6 are unknown. These figures come from a nationwide survey by the Delhi based NGO, Wildlife Protection Society of India.
In the last few months the majority of tiger deaths have been recorded in Uttarakhand (North) and Karnataka (South). There was another incident near the Pataur area in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve where a tigress was found dead possibly poisoned meaning that the problem exists throughout the country and not only in the North as assumed earlier. The Pataur tigress had three young cubs, of which two have been found and rescued and the search for the third is on.