Nation Current Affairs 03 Nov 2017 Can’t count ti ...

Can’t count tigers? Camera traps will do it now

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | M B GIRISH
Published Nov 3, 2017, 6:30 am IST
Updated Nov 3, 2017, 6:30 am IST
In 2014, there were 2,226 of them in K’taka’s reserve forests.
A tigress at the Bandipur reserve forest
 A tigress at the Bandipur reserve forest

Chamarajanagar: Its time once again for the country to check if it is succeeding in protecting its tigers from poachers.  The last estimation in 2014 revealed there were  2,226 tigers in the country  and Karnataka’s five tiger reserves of Bhadra, Biligiriranga Hills, Nagarahole, Bandipur and Kali were home to 417 of these big cats.

And now forest officials around the country are all set to begin training for the fourth cycle of the all- India tiger estimation that  could be done in January-February 2018 using camera traps in all 50 tiger reserves and forests of the country, according to National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) sources. The  officials  will complete their  training for the exercise in November-December, they reveal.  

 

The coming estimation could take about 25 days in a particular block before  the cameras are shifted to another. “The entire process will be completed in 60 days,” said an NCTA official, explaining that the tiger estimation was usually done before summer and the onset of the monsoon. With the  exercise being carried out once in four years across the country , the previous estimations were done in 2006, 2010 and 2014. 

Between each tiger estimation, every tiger reserve does in-house monitoring of the big cats using camera trapping once  every six months. The  latest camera trapping done by the Bhadra tiger reserve in Chikkamagaluru revealed it had around 33 tigers and a similar exercise carried out in Bandipur National Park showed it had 139 tigers in its ranges, reveal sources.

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Location: India, Karnataka




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