Herald: Big cat sighting renews demands for tiger reserve

Big cat sighting renews demands for tiger reserve

11 Apr 2017 12:07am IST

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11 Apr 2017 12:07am IST

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Environmentalist wants core area of Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary be declared tiger reserve; Suggests option of working in collaboration with Maharashtra and Karnataka towards tiger conservation

PANJIM: With the Forest Department confirming the presence of five tigers in the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary, a fresh demand to either declare the core area of the sanctuary as a tiger reserve or a joint collaboration between Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka towards tiger conservation, will be placed before the National Wildlife Board (NWB) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Environmentalist and NWB member Rajendra Kerkar has also decided to petition the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and to place on record the urgency of the issue before the NWB for tiger conservation in Mhadei wildlife sanctuary, following proper conditions laid down by the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

“It was a known fact that the sanctuary is a tiger habitat. The fresh camera trap in the area has once again proved the presence of the tiger. Not one, but five tigers – one male, two females and two cubs,” he said. 

Mhadei wildlife sanctuary, a 208 sq kms protected area in the Western Ghats was declared as a sanctuary in 1999 and since then it has stood neglected on the protection front, claims the environmentalist. 

Kerkar, who has been behind the State government to consider the proposal, said the State government is dragging its feet over declaring the area as a tiger reserve and the reason is best known to them. “Even the Central government is in favour of declaring the area as a tiger habitat. There are lakhs of rupees in funds earmarked for tiger conservation and we are losing out on it,” he said.

Kerkar said that if the State is not keen in declaring a tiger reserve, then it should work in collaboration with neighbouring Maharashtra and Karnataka towards tiger conservation. He said that the Sahayadri tiger reserve in Maharashtra to Bhimgad wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka, and Mhadei in Goa needs to be protected. 

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