The latest estimated reports of the presence of 86 no. of big cats’ population, in the shrinking islands of Sunderbans delta. The stats seems stable for the last few years in-spite of inundation of salt water with erosion of forest land due to climate changes in the delta region.
The latest camera trapped reporting procedure conducted by the Forest Department of West Bengal & WWF (Wildlife Warden Forest), during their normal prescribed period of Nov 2015 to Mar 2016 also showed the presence of a minimum of 83 tigers and maximum of 128.
“Citing the mean of the above range of the camera-trapped report been calculated at 86 using the statistical model data, there has been a marginal increase in the tiger count”, told PCCF (Principal Chief Conservator of Forests) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Pradip Vyas, in a statement.
The similar exercise which carried out in 2014 has put the tigers at 76. “It is more or less the same since this last survey and can say that the population is stable”, said WWF’s Ratul Saha. The trapped-cameras were set for the first time not only in the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve areas but also outside in the rest of South 24 Parganas as well for accurate reporting.