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NTCA to conduct tiger census in India annually

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 18:30

Bhopal: The National Tiger Conservation
Authority (NTCA) has decided to annually conduct tiger census
in all the tiger reserves of the country from next year,
official sources said.

The annual census would be conducted in all tiger
reserves of the country, including six in Madhya Pradesh,
namely Kanha, Pench, Bandhavgarh, Satpura, Panna and Sanjay
Dubri tiger reserves, they said.

However, the ongoing practice of counting the big cats
in the forest areas every four years would also continue in
tandem, they added.

In Madhya Pradesh, the census would be conducted in
cooperation with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII).

However, logistics for the exercise is yet to be put in
place, the sources said, adding that cameras and others
equipment for the task have not been purchased so far.
"We are going to collect the data on the big cat using
cameras on the transit routes and then analyse it. We have
been assigned the task of collecting and analysing the data,"
they said.

According to them, as a prelude to the census operation,
a two-day regional training workshop for the forest department
officials in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra has
been organised in Panna Tiger Reserve from Wednesday.
"More than 100 forest department officials from
Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh will take part in
the workshop," they said. PTI

First Published: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 18:30

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