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Indore: Tiger census to start next month, forest division begins preparations

Sunday, 22 December 2013 - 1:51pm IST | Place: Indore | Agency: DNA
NTCA and WII will launch the census across Madhya Pradesh.

For the nation, their roar will strengthen the patriotic sentiment of people and for Madhya Pradesh it might help the state to get the tiger state tag back as the counting of the national animal of India will start after a long wait from next month.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will be launching the tiger census in Madhya Pradesh and the Indore forest range from next month for which forest divisions are training their officials to get accustomed to new technologies for carrying out the census.

“Tiger census would start in the state from next month and the dates will be informed to us by the NTCA,” said Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Narendra Kumar. The MP Forest Division is expecting a steep increase in the number of big cat to up to 350. During the last census carried out in the year 2010, an estimate of 257 tigers was assessed in the state with an upper limit of 301. Around 300 tigers were estimated with an upper limit of 320 in Karnataka during the last census. The WII had accepted the presence of seven tigers in the Indore forest division during the last census. Former Indore CCF Dr P C Dubey said, “Tigers are present in 150 kilometers of Indore division spread across Mhow- Indore- Dewas areas in Choral.”

“We have scheduled the special training to prepare officials for the census next week,” said Indore forest division CCF R R Ukhandiar. Officials claimed that the census will be carried out in three levels over a period of eight days. The first phase will have the officials collecting level data followed by remote sensed data collection in the second phase and using Geographic Information System (GIS) and other advanced techniques to compute tiger density in the final phase.

 The tiger census was to be carried out in the state towards the end of October but the process is delayed by three months. There are total 27 tiger reserves in India of which 6 are in MP including Kanha, Indravati, Pench, Bandhavgarh, Panna and Bora- Satpura- Panchmari.


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