MP hopes to have higher number of big cats

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Feb 2018 10:05:52


Staff Reporter

Over 30,000 staff and volunteers interested in wildlife activities started National Tiger Estimation across Madhya Pradesh from Monday. For the first time, Forest Department has kept the estimation open for general public.

The tiger estimation plan is going on to count the number of tigers present in different forest areas of State along with the proof. According to forest officials, any Indian citizen above 18 years of age was invited to participate the national tiger estimation plan. The census is being organised four different phases till March 26. Participation of general public interested for joining the estimation plan was confirmed after checking their capability of living in the adverse conditions of forest areas, to walk 10 km per day in the unapproachable areas besides physical and mental fitness.

Volunteers and subject experts of various states including Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh etc are taking part in the National Tiger Census. Volunteers have been trained before counting. They include women and senior citizens also. The volunteers desirous of taking part in the next phase are invited to get registered on the Forest Department website. The decision to include Volunteers has been taken to ensure participation of general public in wild life management, increase quality of collected figures and bring about transparency.

The volunteers in the first three days of each phase are participating in the process like estimation of marks of carnivorous animals. Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF) Alok Kumar said, “Tiger census has been started across State and we are making best efforts to get accurate and appropriate result after this exercise. Directives have been issues to the concern officials regarding issue. We have deployed over 30,000 staff for this census.”

During the estimation period, the volunteers will have to stay at the houses of the local forest workers in the allotted beat and are required to bring their own sleeping bag or bed roll. The volunteers will inform about their arrival to the local officers by reaching two days before the estimation and they are required to take part in the training programme proposed to be held one day before the estimation work. Local officers will allot the beat to the volunteers. The maximum number of the volunteers is fixed in each reserved area and forest divisions.

Notably, in year 2014 survey, Karnataka recorded presence of 406 tigers followed by Uttrakhand with 340 while Madhya Pradesh stood on third position with 308 tigers. The national tiger estimation is conducted every four years in all forest areas.