Submitted by Editor on Tue, 2016-08-02 23:13 Mysuru: Efforts are on to trace the tigress in Nagarhole National Park which abandoned its three cubs, one of whom starved to death on July 31. The two surviving cubs are in critical condition, said forest officials who are desperately trying to trace the tigress but are being hindered by legal worries. In order to remove tiger cubs from their natural environment, officials need permission from the NTCA but time is running out for both cubs. “Usually tiger cubs learn hunting skills after 18 months, and they get food but in this case tiger cubs are still 10 months old and they are dependent on the mother for protection and feeding,” said a forest official. Nagarahole National Park director Manikantan said the forest department had started combing operations in search of the tigress. “Twelve cameras have been installed in different places and additional staff has been deployed to search for the tiger. If NTCA permits us to shift the cubs, we will initiate steps,” he said. The tigress has been missing since 20 days from the Antarasanthe division, Bisalawadi Range, in Nagarahole National Park. Tiger population ** Bandipura National Park :110-112 ** Nagarahole National Park : 60-80 ** Biligirirangana Betta Tiger Reserve forest : 60 tigers. Tiger deaths ** In 2015 India -69, Karnataka – 14. ** In 2016 India – 60, Karnataka- 8.