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India Tiger Caught in Trap Dies

October 16, 1997

BHUBANESWAR, India (AP) _ A Bengal tiger caught in a wild boar trap in central India died after suffering for days, a news agency reported Thursday.

United News of India said the male tiger was trapped in a remote part of the Daitari Forest, 700 miles southeast of New Delhi. Villagers who found it bleeding and unconscious believed it had gone without food or water for several days.

Forest rangers extricated the tiger from the steel trap, tranquilized it and brought it to the Nandankanan Biological Park on Sunday, but the tiger died the next day.

India is home to most of the world’s tigers, an endangered species. Only about 3,000 remain in the wild here, down from 40,000 at the beginning of the century when there were about 100,000 tigers worldwide.

There are now only about 5,000 tigers in the world.

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