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With three tiger deaths in the first two weeks of the new year, 2010 has started with warning bells ringing for the environment ministry and tiger conservationists in India.

According to the Wildlife Protection Society of India, there have been 84 tiger deaths, by both natural and poaching causes, in 2009-10.

Considering that the last count of tigers in 2008 was 1411, wildlife experts say tigers could be extinct in 20 years.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has said, “17 (tiger reserves) are in a very, very, very precarious state, you could have a Panna or a Sariska in any of these 17 at any point of time.”

Do you think the land of tigers will have no tigers to boast of in the near future?