Panaji: The findings of pug marks similar
to that of tiger has added vigour to state forest department’s
wildlife census scheduled to begin at the end of this month.
"We found certain pugmarks in the wildlife which can
be that of tiger, leopard, panther or even wild cat,"
Dr Gautam Talukdar, an expert from wildlife Institute of India
(WII), told this morning.
He said that the pugmarks samples are subjective as
detailed analyzing of the sample would yield proper assessment
of about the animal.
WII official was part of the two member team that
trained Goa forest department officers for the census for
Talukdar has said that qualitative analysis of these
pug marks needs to be done before confirming any animal.
The state is readying to host wildlife animal census
in all its six wildlife sanctuaries and government owned
forest areas. The survey will begin on April 26 and conclude
on May 4, 2010.
A team of 330 people including forest department staff
will search every inch of forest for the clues or signs to
know the movement or existence of animals.
A forest department officer said that spread over
three phases, the survey will also have a camera trapping
method in its third leg.