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Wildlife groups say 41 tigers have died across India in 7 months

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, June 10, 2015 file photo, a Royal Bengal tiger drags a wild boar after killing it at the Ranthambhore national park in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India. Conservationists say at least 41 tigers have died in the first seven months of this year despite awareness campaigns across India to save the big cats. (AP Photo/Deepak Sharma, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, June 10, 2015 file photo, a Royal Bengal tiger drags a wild boar after killing it at the Ranthambhore national park in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India. Conservationists say at least 41 tigers have died in the first seven months of this year despite awareness campaigns across India to save the big cats. (AP Photo/Deepak Sharma, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 file photo, a Bengal tiger walks along a road ahead of a vehicle on Global Tiger Day in the jungles of Bannerghatta National Park, 25 kilometers (16 miles) south of Bangalore, India. Conservationists say at least 41 tigers have died in the first seven months of this year despite awareness campaigns across India to save the big cats. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 file photo, a Bengal tiger walks along a road ahead of a vehicle on Global Tiger Day in the jungles of Bannerghatta National Park, 25 kilometers (16 miles) south of Bangalore, India. Conservationists say at least 41 tigers have died in the first seven months of this year despite awareness campaigns across India to save the big cats. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, June 10, 2015 file photo, a Royal Bengal tiger walks after pre monsoon showers at the Ranthambhore national park in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India. Conservationists say at least 41 tigers have died in the first seven months of this year despite awareness campaigns across India to save the big cats. (AP Photo/Deepak Sharma, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, June 10, 2015 file photo, a Royal Bengal tiger walks after pre monsoon showers at the Ranthambhore national park in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India. Conservationists say at least 41 tigers have died in the first seven months of this year despite awareness campaigns across India to save the big cats. (AP Photo/Deepak Sharma, File)  (The Associated Press)

Conservationists say at least 41 tigers have died in the first seven months of this year despite awareness campaigns across India to save the big cats.

India's National Tiger Conservation Authority and the wildlife group TRAFFIC say only seven of the tigers died from natural causes, one was killed by authorities and the rest were illegally poached between January and August.

Experts say the partial death toll proves India is not doing enough to protect the endangered predators, noting 66 tigers died during all of 2014.

Of those which died naturally this year, two were killed in tiger battles, which experts say are becoming more frequent as the big cats vie for territory while their habitats shrink amid human encroachment or forest clearing for industrial projects.