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Tiger census: Activists cheer as 26 cats spotted (Dec)

The Times of India, Udhagamandalam, 24th December, 2013


With 26 tigers having been directly sighted in the Nilgiris, the All India Tiger Census 2013-14 that concluded on Monday  has brought cheer to wildlife activists. About 150 volunteers and more than 400 forest officials were part of the census conducted once every four years in tiger reserves across the country.

About 16 tigers were spotted directly at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve during the five day census besides other carnivores such as leopard, sloth bear and wild dogs, a senior MTR official said. "Sighting pugmarks of carnivores across every beat of the reserve, definitely indicates the prey base is even in all ranges of the reserve," the official said.

Meanwhile, the census has encouraged forest officials to follow up on the proposal to turn areas of Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Sanctuary and Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary into a  tiger reserves.