NTCA to conduct tiger census in India annually

NTCA to conduct tiger census in India annually 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