TIME

A record number of tigers died in India over the most recent census period, a total of 274 deceased in the last four years.

Only 82 of those tigers died due to natural causes, while more than 70 per cent of tiger deaths were due to poaching or for undetermined reasons, Indian science and environment magazine Down to Earth reports.

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar released the figures in response to a question in the Parliament on November 26.

India had approximately 1,706 tigers, according to the 2010 census. The overall population of tigers may not suffer when India’s official tiger population census for 2014 gets released next month.

“Here, we are not taking tiger births into account,” said S P Yadav, deputy inspector general with the National Tiger Conservation Authority. “An adult tigress can give birth to younger ones every 90 days. If, of 4-5 litters that a…

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