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Tourist hub Goa gets a new attraction tigers

                                                                                               Hindutan Times, New Delhi, 27th April, 2013

Goa, synonymous with sun and surf, may soon have a new attraction tigers.  For the first time, cameras put up by the Wildlife conservation Society (WCS) caught a big cat strolling in the state's Mhadei sanctuary last week. And then on Thursday, a tigress and two cubs were photographed.

 The findings give hope that the state government will now declare the sanctuary, located in the ecologically - rich Western Ghats, a tiger reserve.

Such a proposal was made two years ago, when then environment minister Jairam Ramesh asked the Goa government to declare 500 sqkm of the Mhadei region a tiger reserve after initial indications of the presence of tigers.

 But the state government was reluctant, apparently due to opposition from the strong mining lobby. The Mhadei region half of which has been damaged by mining has rich ore reserves would have meant no mining.