Expansion of territory of tigers gas raised hopes
The number of forest beats (a small unit of a forest area), where the presence of tigers has been found, has almost doubled since 2014, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
Shahbaz Ahmed told PTI, citing data collected by the State Forest Research Institute (SFRI).
"According to the SFRI data released after its first phase of estimation, the number of beats with tigers' presence has gone up to 1,432 this year from 717 in 2014," Deputy Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Rajnish Singh said.
The SFRI is the nodal agency for tiger estimation in the central state, which is home to nearly half-a-dozen reserves for the national animal.
The Dehradun-based WII, an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, conducts the countrywide tiger estimation once in four years.
"The annual estimation of cattle killed in the buffer the zone was about 1,000 in 2009-10, which went up to over 3,000 in 2017-18," Singh said.
Meanwhile, there is also some bad news for MP.
According to data of the National Tiger Conservation Authority, of the 98 tiger deaths in India in 2017, 26 were reported from Madhya Pradesh. In 2016, 33 tigers died in MP, as per the state forest department.
MP houses six major reserves for the national animal and is often called as the 'tiger state'. Prominent among them are Bandhavgarh, Pench and Kanha tiger reserves.
July 29 is observed as the International Tiger Day.
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