20/01/2015 1:48 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Tiger Population Increases By 30% In India Since 2011

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The tiger population in India has increased from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014, The Times of India reported on Tuesday.

India, which has 70 percent of the world tiger population, has recorded an increase of 30 percent in the number of its wild cats, according to the latest tiger census released by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.

"While the tiger population is falling in the world, it is rising in India. It is a great news", said Javadekar.

Javadekar said that the latest census was carried out on a "massive scale where we have unique photographs of 80% of the India's tiger."

The tiger census revealed that Karnataka has 408 tigers in the age-group of over one-and-a-half years, the highest in the country, TOI reported. Karnataka was followed by 340 in Uttarakhand, 308 in Madhya Pradesh, 229 in Tamil Nadu, 190 in Maharashtra, 167 in Assam, 136 in Kerala and 117 in Uttar Pradesh.