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Elephant, Tiger Attacks Killed One Person a Day on Average, Says Centre

The data submitted in the Lok Sabha claimed that around 1,144 lives were lost in the 1,143 days between April 2017 and May 2017.

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Updated:August 2, 2017, 3:57 PM IST
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Elephant, Tiger Attacks Killed One Person a Day on Average, Says Centre
There has been 245 deaths caused by elephants in 2016-17 and 13 deaths due to tiger attacks.
New Delhi: The central government has said that one person is on average killed every day due to Elephant and Tiger attacks.

The data submitted in the Lok Sabha claimed that around 1,144 lives were lost in the 1,143 days between April 2017 and May 2017.

Till May 18 this year, 13 deaths have occurred due to tiger attacks. The corresponding figures for the year 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18 are 34, 31 and 14 respectively, the government said, replying to a written question.

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There has been 245 cases of deaths caused by elephants in 2016-17, as per data available till February 9. The corresponding figures were 392 and 415 in 2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively.

Asked whether there has been any rise in human-wildlife conflicts during the last few years, the government replied: "The information available with the ministry indicates a fluctuating statistic in the incidences of human-wildlife conflict in the country."

Out of the 13 deaths caused by tigers this year so far, Uttar Pradesh recorded the maximum at 7, followed by Maharashtra with 4 deaths.

At 69, Assam recorded the maximum number of fatalities caused by elephants in 2016-17, followed by Chhattisgarh with 67 and West Bengal with 65.

According to official statistics, India is house to 2,226 tigers and around 30,000 elephants.

(With PTI inputs)

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