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Tiger census in India shows increase from 2007

The Environment Minister of India, Jairam Ramesh, has responded to positive results from the newest tiger census in India but at the same time warned about further territorial threats concerning wildlife, according to a recent report from the Associated Press.

"The rise in numbers is the result of sustained efforts, but the shrinking of tiger corridors is alarming," said Ramesh.

The minister's comments follow a new census count of 1,706 tigers in India, an increase of more than 300 from 2007. In the previous census, tigers numbers were significantly lower than the 3,600 reported in 2002.

With increased technology, scientists have been able to use DNA testing as well as hidden cameras to more accurately track the number of wild tigers in India.

According to the news source, there were about 100,000 tigers in India 100 years ago. Much of the decrease in tiger population has been attributed to lower habitat space. Tigers have also faced illegal poaching, a practice that officials are trying to control.

In 2010, 13 countries met to discuss preservation of wild tigers. The World Wildlife Fund estimates about 3,200 tigers total throughout the world, according to National Geographic.
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