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Uttarakhand: Number of tigers can reach 500 in the state, state-wise data will be released today

Pankaj Prasad
Tiger movement
Tiger movement

In 2018, Madhya Pradesh ranked first in the tiger count, where the number of tigers stood at 526.

State-wise figures will be released on Saturday regarding the number of tigers, on which forest officials and wildlife lovers are watching. It is expected that this time the situation will improve further in the case of tigers in Uttarakhand. This time the number of tigers can reach more than five hundred.

Last time the state was at the third position in the country in terms of tigers, this time it can move up a notch. In 2018, Madhya Pradesh ranked first in the tiger count, where the number of tigers stood at 526. The second position was held by Karnataka with 524 tigers while Uttarakhand reported 442 tigers and was at the third position.

Last time, 252 tigers were reported in Corbett Park while more than 140 tigers were found in Ramnagar, Haldwani, Terai West, Terai Central and Terai East forest divisions under West Circle. Tigers were found from Rajaji National Park to Champawat and Nainital Forest Division.

Tiger movement found in areas like Bhimtal

This time too, tiger movement has been found in areas like Bhimtal. Apart from this, looking at the figures of the previous year, there was an increase of 113 tigers between 2010 and 2014, 102 tigers increased between 2014 and 2018. It is expected that there will be further improvement in the number of tigers. The number of tigers in Terai arc landscape can reach five hundred or more. Improvement in rank is also being expected.

Tigers are now seen where they were not seen

It is not that the number of tigers is increasing only in Corbett Tiger Reserve. Tigers are also being seen in the adjacent forests and surrounding areas. It is a good sign to have tiger reports in Sitavani Reserve Forest, Ramnagar-Haldwani road and Maldhan area. The ideal number of tigers to live in the Corbett landscape is higher in terms of density. In this, the area of living of tigers is shrinking and the mutual conflict between them is also increasing.

In such a situation, the one who is strong will stay inside and the one who is weak will run away from the area. There are many villages and granaries adjacent to Corbett and as such the escaped tigers make their range around these villages and prey on domesticated cattle. Sometimes humans also become their victims.

Programs like Living with Leopard, Living with Tiger have been started to reduce human-wildlife conflict. Under these programmes, the local public is being made aware of how to protect themselves from wildlife. Inform forest officials if tiger or panther is seen around the population