Apr 19, 2015
PILIBHIT: After an intensive round of checking, Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) authorities and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) officials have confirmed all the cameras installed to count tigers in two forest ranges of the forest are in place. The check was ordered after an reports appeared in a section the media that four cameras had been pilfered from PTR. The field staff of two forest ranges of PTR were directed to precisely verify the locations of all the cameras installed jointly by PTR and WWF for the current big cat census. The officials did not want to take a chance because during the 2013 tiger counting, three cameras were stolen. The news that four cameras had been stolen was circulated to mediapersons by an anonymous informer on Friday evening. When TOI csought a response from PTR and WWF officials, project manager of WWF Naresh Kumar said he had not received any information about any camera being stolen by his staff. He said he had directed the WWF team to investigate if all the cameras existed at their spots they were installed. He said no one could even inform from where the cameras had been stolen.
The sub divisional officer of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve DP Singh told TOI that after a verification drive , it was found that not a single camera was missing. He said during the current phase of tiger counting, 118 cameras had been installed in Haripur and Barahi forest range areas under a strategic plan of installing a set of two cameras each at 33 hotspots of tiger movement in Haripur range and at sites of 26 tiger tracks in Barahi range.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com