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5 tigers in Goa: MoEF survey


                                                                                                                                         The Times of India, Goa, 20th January, 2015

PANAJI: All talk that Goa is not home to the big cat or that tigers are merely visitors has been proved false with the ministry of environment and forests' survey reporting five tigers in the state.
Though three other states, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Goa's neighbour, Karnataka, have witnessed a sizeable increase in tiger population and the state's tiger count has not shown any increase, it is good news for animal lovers, as some foresters, including a top official a few years ago, were in denial mode about the existence of big cats in Goa's forested terrain.
The protected area of Bhimgad in Karnataka, as also the Dandeli-Anshi tiger reserve are contiguous to the wildlife sanctuaries in Goa and form a solid corridor for the big cats and other wildlife. The ministry had written to the state government a few years ago to move a proposal for setting up of a tiger reserve in the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary. But the state did not show any interest in taking the proposal forward.