The total number of tigers in Northeast is pegged at 201, which is an excellent rise from the previous count of 148 in 2010.
According to all-India tiger estimation report, out of 167 tigers in Assam, over 125 are reported to be in the Kaziranga National Park. This news is a sigh of relief for authorities as the park is becoming notorious for poaching of its rhinos.
M K Yadava, Kaziranga Park Director, said “It is true that number of tigers in the park is soaring. Though a park- and sanctuary-wise break-up has not been released, the frequent sightings of cubs makes it clear the number of big cats is increasing.” Mr. Yadava added “Around 20 cubs have been sighted in different areas of the park.”
According to the DFO of the park, S K Seal Sarma, “The poachers do not target tigers in the park. They mostly target rhinos. Last year, 27 rhinos were killed and the count for this year has reached to three. The three tigers who lost their lives last year was owing to natural causes.”
The state of Assam also has tigers in the national parks of Nameri, Manas and Orang.
Arunachal Pradesh is also witnessing this increase in the number of big cats. The count has reached to 28 in this state and the PCCF (Wildlife) of Arunachal Pradesh, Onkar Sing, attribute this achievement to better habitat management and stringent protection measures. There are two tiger protect areas in Arunachal, namely Namdapha National Park and Pakke Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Further, all-India tiger estimation report also mentioned that the Dampa tiger reserve in Mizoram has three tigers.