India: Marauding Tigers need a forest reserve

With number of cases of tigers straying in urban habitat on increase
in Uttar Pradesh, the Centre has asked the State government to
expedite the process of finalising Pilibhit forest as a tiger reserve
for saving the big cats. Unless the State government is serious in
pushing the proposal, all the other efforts to save tigers would go
waste,” Rajesh Gopal of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)
told PTI.

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“After initially showing keenness to create a home for the endangered
cats in Pilibhit forests last year, the State government is yet to
submit the detailed plan earmarking buffer and core areas for the
proposed tiger reserve. The area has good potential having special
type of ecosystem with vast open spaces and sufficient feed for the
elegant predators,” Gopal told PTI. He said once it is done, the
northern State will have two tiger habitats, Dudhwa Tiger reserve
being the first one having an estimated 95 big cats.

“Estimate suggests that Pilibhit landscape spread over around 800 square km has at least 30 tigers and has a good predator base for its survival. Its
development would also help in better movement of the tigers in Dudhwa
tiger reserve,” Gopal added. He referred to a Wildlife Institute of
India (WII) study which stated that Dudhwa-Pilibhit population has
high conservation value since it represents the only tiger population
having the ecological and behavioural adaptations of the tiger unique
to the Terai region.

Recently, there have been incidents of man-animal conflicts involving tigers in the region. The latest was the case of a tiger who strayed from Pilibhit forest area and has been declared “man-eater” after it attacked two persons in the region. “Unless the State government is serious in pushing the proposal, all the other efforts to save tigers would go waste. Creation of the buffer area and core area would mean fund flowing to the state for the protection of
big cats. Pilibhit is expected to ease the pressure on the Dudhwa forest reserve and would run through Pilibhit, Kishenpur sanctuary and Khutar range of Shahjahanpur, Gopal said.

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