There is good news for tiger conservation. A big cat has been finally spotted in the Namdapha National Park bordering Myanmar in Arunachal Pradesh,with officials expressing optimism that there may be more tigers in the park that has been under threat of encroachment as well as poachers,some of them from across the international boundary.
The tiger census that was carried out for over seven weeks and ended on March 29 has recorded at least one tiger,while going by the encouraging prey-base,we are optimist that there are more big cats in Namdapha, park director S Jongjam told The Indian Express. The tiger census covered only about 25 per cent of the national parks area,he added.
Namdapha,covering about 1,985 sq metre which makes it more than double the size of Kaziranga National Park in Assam was in the news in the recent weeks after park officials discovered poachers camps from where they had recovered Myanmarese currency notes and other items. Namdapha shares over 40 km of international boundary with Myanmar.
Poachers had also fired upon state PCCF (Wildlife) J L Singh when he was marching through the park along with a team of officials and tiger census volunteers on March 12.