Jan 21, 2015
BAREILLY: The forest department has proposed setting up of two additional ranges at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, taking the number of ranges from five to seven. The two ranges – Garha and Mustafabad – existed nearly 20 years ago but were clubbed with other ranges. The final proposal will soon be sent to the union government for approval. “Garha and Mustafabad existed along with the five current ranges few years back, but due to some unknown reasons, these two were clubbed with Mala, Barhi and Mahof ranges and they became beats. However, we have proposed to make them ranges again in our tiger conservation plan for the next 10 years,” said Kailesh Praksah, divisional forest officer (DFO), PTR. “The area of Mala, Barhi and Mahof ranges is very big and it becomes extremely difficult for us to monitor such large areas. If the area of these ranges is reduced by setting up another two ranges we would be able to manage things easily,” said the DFO. Garha beat currently is a part of the Mala range, which is situated on Puranpur road while Mustafabad beat is included in the Mahof range. The area of Mala, Barhi and Mahof ranges is 16,472.95, 18,339.94 and 14,712.39 hectares respectively. However, the area of Haripur and Deoria ranges is 11,995.98 and 9,766.82 hectares respectively. The forest officials said that if these two new ranges are set up, the tourist spots in the tiger reserve would become a part of Garha and Mustafabad.
The famous Chuka spot, parks build under operation green, temples constructed inside the forest and a few other tourist spots comes under Garha and Mustafabad beats of the Mala and Mahof ranges. As per the tiger census in 2010, out of 118 tigers in state, there are 30 tigers in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. Apart from tigers, many endangered wild animals like Cheetah, Hog deer, Sambar, Barking deer, Sloth bear, Leopard, Wild pig, critically endangered Swamp deer, Hispid hare and the Four-horned antelope (Chausingha) are also found in PTR. The birds species found here include Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Red-crested Pochard, Common Poachard, White-eyed Pochard, Feruginous Pochard, Eurasian Wigeon, Coot, Mallard, Greylag Goose, Bar-headed Goose, Brown headed Gull, Rudy Shelduck, Crested Grib and some wader species. Similarly, some land birds from the Himalayan region also migrates to Terai region of Uttar Pradesh like Scarlet Minivet, Long-tailed Minivet, Verditor Flycatcher, Fantail Flycatcher, Great Tit, White Capped Redstart, Black Redstart, Blue Whistling Thrush and Rufus Turtle Dove. Critically endangered Bengal Florican and Swamp Francolin can also be seen in some grassland of the reserve.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com/