BY- Zafar Alam Khan
Bhopal Good news pouring in from the forests of Madhya Pradesh has raised hopes that after almost a decade the state would regain the prestigious ‘tiger state’ tag.
The significant increase in the tiger population in various tiger reserves, sanctuaries and forests have raised hopes that the state would soon regain the ‘tiger state’ tag.
Based on reports from camera trapping and pug marks (foot marks of Tigers) from the state forests it is expected that the number of striped felines has increased from 308 in 2014 to 415 in 2018.
The tiger reserves, sanctuaries and national parks have registered significant increase as per the tiger census carried out in 2018. Tiger census that is carried out in every four years was last done in 2014.
The census is carried out taking into consideration the camera trappings placed across state forests and the pug marks of the big cats.
The findings of that suggests that the state has registered significant increase in 2018 estimated to 415 an increase of 107 stripe felines in four years compared to 308 in 2014.
The whopping increase pinned hopes that the state would regain the prestigious tiger state tag after nine years.
The census carried out by World Wildlife Institute (WWI) Dehradun may make its report for 2018 census public in coming two weeks.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) conducted the tiger census from December 2017 to April 2018. The census was carried out in all the protected and unprotected forests of the country.
The tiger census carried out in every four years was last carried out in 2014 and that counted 308 striped felines in Madhya Pradesh. This time the findings of the census suggest that the state is having 415 big cats in its forests.
The state government taking the issue seriously has started making arrangements to make new national parks, sanctuaries and tiger reserves in the state.
Omkareshwar National Park, Mandhata, Singhaji and Ratapani could be developed as the new tiger reserves of the state as per the state plans.
Madhya Pradesh lost the coveted tag of having highest population of the country’s national animal to Karnataka after the All India Tiger estimation in 2010. The number of big cats in the state drastically dwindled to 257 during that census from 300 in 2006. Though the number rose to 308 in 2014 estimation, the state failed to regain the status.