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Bihar: Reduced human activity, including mining bans, helped increase tiger numbers in Valmiki reserve


Authorities in Bihar’s Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) have credited the rise in the protected area (PA)’s big cat numbers to a reduction in human activities, including restrictions on illegal mining in its eco-sensitive zone.

VTR Field Director Neshmani K told this reporter that a total ban on sand and stone mining inside VTR, and strict restrictions on mining in its eco-sensitive zone, helped increase grassland cover. This, in turn, caused tiger numbers in the PA to rise to 54 earlier this year, up from 31 in 2018. In 2014, there were only 28 tigers in VTR.