Tigers Spotted In State

Minister Forest & Environment, Bijayashree Routray had claimed there limit of forest areas risen in the State and spotting of Royal Bengal Tigers in three areas

Speaking in the State Level Wild Life Week, Minister Mr.Routray said RBTs have been spotted in Muniguda of Koraput, Hemgiri forest in Sundergarh and Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Sambalpur districts.


ACS Forest & Environment and Home, Asit Tripathy graced the occasion.

PCCF Debabrata Swain, PCCF Wildlife Sandeep Tripathy and others were present.

Minister lauded sincere efforts of forest Officials regarding relocation of RBT in Satkosia Reserve Forest and shifting of the villagers from the Core Area of Forest.

“As per the pug marks captured by cameras, we believe there are more than 60 Royal Bengal Tigers are now residing in the State. It is a good sign and adds prestige to the State’s forest department,” Mr.Routray said.


The Minister said the Royal Bengal Tigers were spotted “Our forests have huge potential and the population of Royal Bengal Tigers will definitely increase in future,” the Minister claimed.

Mr.Routray said that the State government has taken several measures to maintain tiger habitation in different places.


ACS Mr.Tripathy said now Climate Change issues are seriously affecting the environment and under this backdrop, Department of Forest & Environment has lot of responsibility, which needed to be performed.


 Mr.Tripathy urged to take cooperation of the people as they are the principal stake holders of forest and environment.


In February last year, the State Government had claimed presence of 40 Royal Bengal Tigers and 318 leopards in State while a report of National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA) in 2014 claimed only 28 big cats in PCCF, Wildlife Sandeep Tripathy today claimed spotting of tiger in one more location in State.

Some traces suggest the presence of a tiger in Karlapat forest range in Kalahandi district, though it is yet to be confirmed whether it is a leopard or Royal Bengal Tiger, Mr.Tripathy told Media Men.
Mr.Tripathy said the forest officials are keeping a close track to ascertain more details on the movement of the tiger.

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