Kolkata: There are 274 tigers in the
Sundarbans and between 12 to 16 at the Buxa Tiger Reserve, a
much better figure than the census conducted six years ago,
West Bengal Forest Minister Ananta Roy said today.
The exact tiger population, however, would be known
after the report on the census based on DNA analysis of tiger
scat was available, he said.
The state government has decided to give Rs 10 lakh to
each of the 1800 families residing in Buxa Tiger Reserve area
to rehabilitate them outside, Roy said after a meeting with
Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
The population of elephants in the state has also
increased from 150 to 450, bison from 150 to 3,500 and leopard
from 150 to 2000, he said.
The rhino population at Jaldapara forest has increased
to 136 and at Gorumara 36 while the number of peacocks also
increased considerably in the state, Roy said.
To a question, the minister said elephants were disturbed
in `Junglemahal` (comprising West Midnapore, Bankura
and Purulia districts) because of Maoist activities.