India tiger numbers far lower than thought

Early results from a tiger census in India indicate the population of the endangered big cats is drastically lower than previously assumed, Reuters reported wildlife experts as saying on Wednesday.
Experts from the government-run Wildlife Institute of India (WII) presented initial results of a new count of tigers in 16 of India ‘s 28 tiger reserves and their surrounding areas.
 "In general, the situation is not good," reports quoted Y.V. Jhala from the WII as saying.
Conservationists said they believed the new census results suggested there was a decline of 65% in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, which has one of the largest populations of tigers in India.
"The indications are that all over India, it will be the same," said Belinda Wright, director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India.