Forest Deptt to map tigers through GIS

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 May 2017 10:56:07

By Ankita Garg,

Concerned about the rising number of tigers and their overlapping territory, Forest Department is all set to study and map the big cats in non-conserved areas. Under the scheme, tigers would be mapped via Geographical Information System (GIS).

Through this technology, forest team would keep any eye on behaviour, territory and movement of felines active around city jungles. Probably, it is first time in country, when Forest Department is mapping non conserved tiger bearing areas. Forest Department has planned to do mapping and study of tigers active around city jungle in a scientific way. Entire monitoring of the project will be held under Chief Wildlife Warden. Students and research scholars of Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) would also help this project by conducting survey and other information. “Mapping and study of tigers in non conserve areas would help to make long term action plan for the felines. Through the way, we will be monitoring big cat in a better way,” said Jitendra Agrawal, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF Wildlife).

He further added, at present, tigers are being traced through camera installation, pug mark, prey, roaring, villagers and other physical way. In this way, field guards and officials do not get exact location of feline. Through GIS mapping, Forest Department would get exact location of tiger, reason for moving out in the area and water body source. PCCF Agrawal said, there are about eight fully grown tigers active around Bhopal jungle. There are also few cubs roaming with their mother tigress. A study report prepared via e-surveillance has been sent to National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

In this study, Ratapani Sanctuary has not been included. Forest Department confirmed that tiger T-121 and tigress T-213 have made their territory from Kerwa to Mindora. Rajnish K Singh, Deputy Conservator of Forest (PCCF Wildlife Wing) said GIS mapping is scientific way to manage, analyse and preserve the information gathered from earth.