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Teeming With Tigers, India Needs To Manage Their Population

India is facing a serious 'problem of plenty'. Rising tiger population in many parts of the country is creating conflict zones. And the tiger- human clashes are going up, alarmingly in many landscapes. The Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) needs to take initiatives to control the situation. Fifty years after the project tiger as India moves on from dwindling tiger population to surplus numbers of the big cats,  the nation needs an active tiger population management plan. As MoEFC&C yet to  become proactive, a team of  tiger catchers continue to carry out search operations for the past over five months to  capture a tigress with four cubs. Thge team members are  scanning Tadoba Andhari Tiger Landscape in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, grappling with the issue of over population of 200 tigers. As many as 53 people lost their lives in Chandrapur in 2022 in tiger attacks while 14 tigers have also died from January 2022 to January this year. This

Tiger Poaching In Panna National Park


 Sorry again to begin the New Year on a negative note. In less than a month’s time, when wildlife lovers have not forgotten the gruesome incident of a tiger poaching and the images of the  tiger carcass hanging from a tendu tree, another tiger was killed. The December 7 tiger poaching had happened 20 kms away from the park this time  the tiger poaching has taken place right inside Panna national park. The  tiger was electrocuted in Kishenganj range of buffer zone of the tiger reserve.

Casual Appoach of Park Management   


The latest case of tiger poaching was reported on the intervening night of January 3 and 4. In fact a hyena was also electrocuted. It was a well built beautiful tiger that lost life right inside the park where poachers used the supply line passing from the park to kill the animal.  But more depressing was a statement of the park director, Brajendra Jha who said this was part of the birth of tigers and their death.  More tigers have been born in Panna tiger reserve than those who have died, he said without blinking an eye.  He also said that most of such incidents take place in the night but it was not possible to patrol all along the supply lines passing over the park.

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 The field director also said that the trap was laid for wild boar hunting but the tiger was killed. Even if the poachers intended  to kill a wild boar that too inside the park, it is something very serious and can’t be taken lightly. The park director hardly has any experience of wildlife conservation and management and it was perhaps his first such posting.  Unfortunately, there is a dearth of good officers in Madhya Pradesh who are interested in wildlife.

MP Lacks Green Army  


With the maximum number of 526 tigers , Madhya Pradesh also has the largest forest cover in the country, followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra .The forest cover contributes 25.14% of the total geographical area of the state and is spread over 77493 sq km area, according to India State of the Forest Report 2021.  

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The state’s protected forest area is spread across 10 national parks and 26 wildlife  sanctuaries but there seems to be a shortfall of a dedicated green force to   protect  this wealth, admits a senior official of Indian forest service in this central Indian state. In  2009, Panna had  witnessed a catastrophe when all its tiger population was poached and the tiger became extinct from the park. It was followed by a successful tiger relocation programme . Presently, there are more than 70 tigers in Panna tiger reserve. Many of the big cats of the tiger reserve have to move out  to create territory  and when they do so, they are killed.

By Deshdeep Saxena

Images Courtsey Panna Tiger Reserve 

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