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Uttarakhand Registers Excellent Tiger Population Growth in Past 13 Years

Madhya Pradesh led the table with 526 tigers and Karnataka followed with 524

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In the latest census, released on Monday in New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttarakhand stood third with 442 tigers. Pixabay

Uttarakhand may have come third in terms of tiger population in the latest census, but the state has registered an excellent tiger population growth in the past 13 years.

In the latest census, released on Monday in New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttarakhand stood third with 442 tigers. Madhya Pradesh led the table with 526 tigers and Karnataka followed with 524.

Wildlife experts claimed the population growth in Uttarakhand was much healthier as its area was small compared with Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.

“We are certainly the number one state in terms of the tiger conservation programme,” Uttarakhand Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat said.

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Uttarakhand may have come third in terms of tiger population in the latest census, but the state has registered an excellent tiger population growth in the past 13 years. Pixabay

Stating that Uttarakhand is number one in terms of tiger food chain, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, “The wildlife conservation is in the culture of state.”

According to 2006 census report, there were only 164 tigers in the state. But due to conservation efforts, its population showed remarkable improvement. In 2010 census, the tiger population rose to 227. Within four years in 2014, it jumped to 340.

Even in non-tiger conservation areas, the big cat’s number was on the rise, the Forest Minister said. Tigers were now present in all 13 districts of the state, he added.

Significantly, a tiger was sighted in the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary at the height of 3,400 meters. A picture of tiger was captured recently by a camera trap at the sanctuary, home to leopards and snow leopards, Kedarnath Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Amit Kanwar said.

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In 2016 also, a tiger was sighted in the area but the camera trap picture’s quality was not good. “This time the picture quality is very good,” said Kanwar.

The Forest Department would consult experts at the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to understand the significance of tiger at such a height.

“We are not clear whether it is a male or a female tiger. Second, it’s also not clear whether the tiger is local or has migrated to the sanctuary from the plains,” he said. (IANS)

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Pilibhit Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh to Sow Aromatic Plants on Its Boundaries to Prevent Tiger Attacks

This puts a break on man-animal conflict

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According to Naresh Kumar, senior WWF project director, herbivorous animals like deer, wild pigs and blue bulls do not eat aromatic plants and because they do not come into the area where aromatic plants are present. Pixabay

The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Uttar Pradesh will sow aromatic plants on its boundaries to prevent tiger attacks on human population.

According to Naresh Kumar, senior WWF project director, herbivorous animals like deer, wild pigs and blue bulls do not eat aromatic plants and because they do not come into the area where aromatic plants are present, tiger do not follow them. This puts a break on man-animal conflict.

Farmers in the villages of Dhakka, Chant, Khirkia, Bargadia and Dhuria Palia, around the PTR have already started experimenting by planting lemon grass, poppy, palm rose and geranium.

All these are cash crops which yield better results for farmers.

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The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Uttar Pradesh will sow aromatic plants on its boundaries to prevent tiger attacks on human population. Pixabay

Forest officials are taking help from the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and the Agricultural Science Centres to create awareness among farmers and provide seeds and other information regarding cultivation of aromatic plants.

An agriculture scientist said that the best thing about aromatic plants is that they give three crops in a year which makes them highly profitable. The harvesting months for these crops are March, June and October.

At present, sugarcane is the major crop in the area and wild pigs and blue bulls come into the fields and destroy the crops. Their presence also invite tigers into the area.

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In the past one year, eight farmers have lost their lives in tiger attacks. Recently, one tiger was beaten to death by the local people when the animal attacked a farmer. (IANS)