Tiger tiger burning bright in lion land?

For the first time since 1992, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has included a swath of Gujarat in the tiger census — the Dang district (bordering Maharashtra’s Nashik) will be covered by the census that begins this month. Gujarat will be part of the census in the second phase, during which the NTCA and a team of scientists will conduct a special ‘sign survey’ and lay camera traps. If the NTCA confirms spotting tigers in Dang, Gujarat will be confirmed as the only state in the country that is home to all three big cats — lions, tigers and leopards —just as it was till a few decades after Independence.The honorary wildlife warden of the Maharashtra government, Amit Khare, has confirmed the presence of tigers in Dang and has also noticed their presence on the Nandurbar-Gujarat border. “I had informed the NTCA and Wildlife Institute of India about the presence of tigers,” Khare said. “If the Gujarat government is keen on conserving tigers, I can give them the exact location of tigers in Gujarat. We are not making the exact location public, fearing poachers.”

 

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