Nov 9, 2016
Pilibhit: The annual phase four counting of tigers at the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR), jointly conducted by PTR and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) will begin from Thursday. The counting will be conducted in two stages, each spanning a period of 30 days. Officials said the process should conclude by the second week of January next year.
District forest officer (DFO) Kailash Prakash said counting would be done in Deuria, Mala and one half of Mahof forest range in the first stage and the second stage would cover the other half of Mahof, Barahi and Haripur.
As many as 269 camera traps have been installed in the reserve. PTR officials have set up 129 cameras while WWF have taken care of the rest 140. According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), phase four counting is done annually. PTR officials said 194 camera traps were installed last year and 40 big cats were spotted in the reserve. They also said that around a dozen cubs were also trapped by the camera units.