Chief Minister Kamal Nath said that if the tigers and forests in the country are safe today, the credit goes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who ensured that the Lok Sabha cleared the Forests Act, 1980, despite opposition.
This is also an incredible 210% rise from 1,411 recorded in 2006, according to the all-India estimation — ‘Status of Tigers, Co-predators, Prey and their Habitat, 2018’ — released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
A sub-adult, aged between 15 and 18 months, was found dead in Ghunghuti range of Umaria forest division on Tuesday. The forest department was able to reach the carcass on Wednesday, as the mother was in the vicinity.
Officials said in at least one tiger reserve -- Indravati - law and order in the form of Left-wing insurgency in Bijapur district of Bastar, where the reserve is located, was a big problem in habitat maintenance and data collection.
On October 29, the remains of the animal were found, with the Odisha government claiming it belonged to a leopard. However, the government was later forced to retract its statement and admit that a tiger had likely been killed.