Dehradun: The main abode of tigers in the central foothills of Himalayas, Jim Corbett National Park, is no longer safe for the endangered species, as the death of at least two tigers in a single month has left the animal lovers worried .

Although forest department officials have said the situation is not so much alarming, the animal lovers have sought a thorough probe into the continuous death of the tigers.

The rise in number of tigers in the recent census though has given happiness to forest officials, although they should not deny the regular deaths also .Since January this year, eleven tigers have lost their lives in the park and adjoining areas. The tigress which died on January 25 with five cubs in its womb is also among the dead.

Many questions are being posed by the wildlife lovers like: Is their rising population leading to food scarcity for the tigers? Is there any disease attacking the big cats? Is there any other reason leading to  deaths of tigers ?

The forest officials seem to be passing the buck on several other issues. According to Dr. Srikant Chandola, Chief Wildlife Protector, Uttrakhand, “The death of tigers in Corbett is natural. There is nothing alarming. In case of natural deaths, one cannot say when the numbers will increase or decrease.”

However, Rajendra Agrawal, State Head of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, says, “The regular deaths of tigers must be investigated by the Indian Wildlife Organization and the Central Wildlife Crime Bureau.”

Tiger deaths this year:

Date                                           Place

January  25   Kalagarh Range, Corbett Tiger Reserve
January  27   Kosi Range, Ramnagar Forest Division
February 06  Tarai East Division
February 19   Jhirna Range, Corbett Tiger Reserve
March     05   Kaladhungi Range, Ramnagar Forest Division
April       01   Kalagarh Range, Corbett Tiger Reserve
April       22   Kaladhungi Range, Ramnagar ForestDivision
May        03   Sarpduli Range, Corbett Tiger Reserve
May        28   Kaladhungi Range, Ramnagar Forest Division
May        31   Kota Range, Ramnagar Forest Division
June        07   Kalagarh Range, Corbett Tiger Reserve

JPN/Bureau