Tigers spotted in two new places in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Two tigers have been spotted at Hemagiri forest division in Sundergarh and Debrigarh in Hirakud recently, said principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) Sandeep Tripathy.

“The official count of tigers in Odisha as per 2014 census is 40. The current census by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and Odisha Forest Department is underway and the results would be available only early next year. We are hopeful of positive figures,” Tripathy told Pragativadi.

According to sources, the presence of the tigers has been confirmed through pictures captured in cameras installed at Hemagiri forest division and Debrigarh.

The sighting of tigers in these areas is certainly good news for animal lovers as the NTCA in 2015 had estimated that there were 28 Royal Bengal Tigers in Odisha. Later, the state government had conducted a census in 2016 and claimed that the state housed 40 Royal Bengal Tigers.

Stating that the presence of Royal Bengal Tigers is an indicator of good ecological balance, the state government said efforts were on to declare Sunabeda, some parts of Sundergarh and Debrigarh as new tiger reserves in the state.

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