Tigers will be transferred
Gupta said the pictures of the tigers captured with the help of camera trap in VTR and the data collected by the staff have been sent to Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun for final vetting. He said that according to our estimates, the number of adult tigers in VTR has increased from eight in 2010 to 48 in 2021. In addition, six subadult tigers and eight tiger cubs are estimated to be present here. Gupta informed that the final tiger estimate (state-wise numbers) for 2022 is likely to be available in two months. We are sure that the tiger population in VTR is now more than 50.
State Government Initiatives
Along with this, the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department of the state government has approached the ‘Global Tiger Forum’ (GTF) to estimate the capacity of the VTR to carry the tiger population, he added. Gupta said that GTF is an international inter-governmental body, which works exclusively for the conservation of tigers. He informed that GTF is conducting study for the first time to estimate the carrying capacity of VTR tiger population, so as to ensure better conservation of this species by reducing the incidence of man-tiger conflict.
Quoted from the GTF report
Gupta said that based on the report of the GTF, we will explore other options, including relocating the tigers to other reserve forests. The VTR Valmiki Sanctuary is spread over an area of 909.86 square kilometers. It was established in 1990 as the 18th tiger reserve of the country. Gandak and Masan rivers flow through the middle of this tiger reserve. According to official data, VTR ranks fourth in terms of density of tiger population. Apart from tigers, animals like bear, hyena, leopard, wild cat, langur, monkey, flying squirrel, wild dog, wild buffalo, wild boar etc. are also found in VTR.
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