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Tiger census begins at Satkosia forest

The Pioneer, New Delhi, 9th May, 2013

A tiger census began at the Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Angul district on Wednesday. At least 45 teams have been pressed into service for the counting of big cats in a 965-km patch of the forest. The counting is in progress at nine ranges under two forest divisions. At least five units are conducting the operation in the Tikarpada range while 14 are engaged for in the Purunakote range.

Similarly, 11 teams of forest officials are counting the animals in the Pampasar range and seven are engaged for the Raiguda range. The Forest Department has also sent eight such units to conduct the operation in the Jilinda forest range. At least two to three watchers led by a Forest Guard are working in each unit, sources said. The operation would continue till May 10, the sources added.