Asif Hasan, Senior Reporter,
The number of tigers has increased in the latest census of tigers in Bhopal and its surroundings. Counting done from the 5th February to the 26th March this year, the movement of 19 tigers has been recorded.
This includes 13 adults and 6 cubs. According to Landscape, Presence of only one tiger had been recorded in Bhopal and Sehore forest’s divisions in the census of the year 2014.
In 2018 counting, 45 adult tigers and 18 cubs have registered their presence in the Obedullahganj division and in Ratapani Sanctuary whereas only 16 tigers have confirmed their presence in 2014 counting. Wildlife Headquarters has released data on the presence of tigers in geographical mapping prepared by State Forest Research Institute.
It has been reported in the data that in 2014 counting, two tigers were found in 171 beats of Bhopal and Sehore forest division whereas the movement of 19 tigers is recorded in 98 beats out of 171 beats of Bhopal and Sehore forest division in the counting of this year.
Counting of tigers in 608 beats of Bhopal Forest Circle:
Tigers have been counted in 608 beats of Bhopal Forest Circle. Out of those 158 beats depict the movement of tigers. A new thing has come out from the trends released by the Forest Department that the tiger are appearing in such areas where they never existed which includes Prempura, Samardha, Amla, Bhanpur, Veerpur beats.
Movement of tigers increased due to these measures
Chief Conservator of Bhopal Forest Circle Dr SP Tiwari says that many efforts have been made to protect the tigers and that is why the movement of tigers has increased. Dantkho once located in Ratapani Sanctuary village has been displaced. The grassland is also being prepared for the herbivorous wild animals here.
Apart from this, the corridor for the tigers is being prepared from Kerwa to Omkareshwar. The villagers are being compensated for the loss of their cattle which were preyed by tigers. This amount of compensation has also been increased. He told that some time ago Mendora hill used to be deserted.
Now a tiger friendly atmosphere has been created here by planting the trees. Water pits have also been constructed for tigers for drinking water. The presence of wild animals including Chital, Sambhar, Nilgai, Wild Pig and other have been registered with the trap cameras which are installed here.