Just a day before the authorities plan to roll out the all India tiger census report, a news from around the woods have rejoiced the wildlife lovers in Kolkata. A photograph showing three cubs outside the Sunderbans’ tiger reserve is doing the rounds, which means the tiger population in and around the reserve is not only stable, but rising.
When the last census was conducted, the tiger population in Sunderbans was pegged at 70 with lower limit of 64 and upper limit of 90. Ujjwal Bhattacharya, the chief wildlife warden of Bengal, said “Now that we are also including the figures of the South 24-Parganas forest division and with the sighting of three news cubs, we expect that the population is going to surpass 100.”
Meanwhile, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has alerted authorities that the park may have reached its maximum capacity to house tigers. Thus, the authorities have started chalking out plans in and outside the park to preclude any chances of big cats dispersing out. In case they do, there is an adjoining forest nearby, which can dwell their dispersing population.
Ratul Saha, WWF-India’s landscape coordinator, said “We will need to install cameras in reserve as well as that adjoining forest to check whether tigers are dispersing out of the reserve area or not”.
Further, state wildlife advisory board member Joydip Kundu was jubilant to know that tiger population is increasing in the park. He said “It is a very good news, but we will have the responsibility to protect tigers and give them ideal living conditions.”
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