Madhya Pradesh is now proving to be detrimental to conservation and protection of tigers in State. The Forest Department is all set to recount tigers in the State in order to come up with their recorded number of tiger, as against the report presented by Wild Life Institute (WWI) and Ministry of Environment and Forest.
The latest Tiger Census in India reports that State that boasted of highest number of tigers till 2006 has now lost its prestigious “Tiger State” tag to Karnataka owing to the decrease in population of the animal in the State. According to the 2006 survey MP had 300 tigers in the state but the recent study shows a dip in the number to 257 and the decrease in mainly due to poaching that has resulted in killing of as many as 57 tigers in Panna Tiger Reserve.
In order to carry out plans for same, senior forests officers including Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Wildlife H S Pabla along with other panel of officers were in Jabalpur, on Tuesday and have left for Mandal on Wednesday.
They will be visiting Kanha National Park and will be taking reports of presence of tigers in the park. During the meeting, detailed discussions were held on Tuesday at Jabalpur circle office, forests officers analysed and deliberated up counting method to be adopted for recounting.
It has been stated that counting of tigers through footprints cannot be taken as accurate one and even the counting through cameras placed from part of Wild Life Institude, Dehradun cannot be retaliated. Therefore, the State Forest Department has decided to initiate recounting of tigers on basis of minute and detailed observation.