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Pilibhit Tiger Reserve begins tiger census from 9th November

Pilibhit Tiger Reserve begins tiger census from 9th November

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.

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 Kheri-based regional coordinator of WWF Mudit Gupta informed that the reserve, stretching up to 730 square kilometre, has been divided into 200 grids of 2 square kilometre each. “Under normal conditions, one pair of camera trap is installed within each grid,” Gupta said.
Gupta also said how in the entire counting process pug marks are traced during the first phase on the basis of which locations for camera traps are ascertained during the second phase. The camera traps are then installed in the third phase in all tiger reserves, sanctuaries and national parks across the country. In the fourth phase, monitoring is performed. While this cycle is repeated every four years, phase four counting takes place annually.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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