A Bengali news daily reported today that the Tiger census is going to get its start after many hiccups from 4th of March. Modern techniques of collection of DNA rather than pugmark process are being adopted this time. The teams consisting of forest workers, experts and ngo’s will start collecting of Tiger’s hairs, biological extracts etc and they will be sent to to Hyderabad’s National Testing Laboratory. The Laboratory will then after analyzing the DNA’s will give their report. The estimated time for publishing this report is 1 year. Though the 2006 report has been stalled on the ground that the census quoted existence of 274 Tigers whereas Indian Statistical Institutes’s study revealed the figure will be under 80. Ultimately, Govt. decided to stall the report.
Along with this the teams will collect data on supply of prey-base like Deer’s, Wild Boar’s, Monkey’s etc which drives the habitats of the Tigers. Needless to mention that Sunderbans has been the most difficult terrain for Tigers in terms of surviving and supply of prey-base. Some technical study’s are also scheduled to be made during this census as to how much favourable the conditions are for the Tiger’s in Sunderbans area. The point to be noted in between is that Sunderbans is the only area, where Tigers live despite limited or no supply of sweet water.
Unlike other forests, in Sunderbans, the core area of Tigers remains submerged in water for a considerable period of time during a day, so collection of needed resources will be difficult job. Moreso, it is quite difficult to cover every area of the Sunderban’s due to geographical conditions, other dangers like Crocs, Kamats, Gharials in the water.
Around 80 teams have been built consisting of 350 forest workers and other NGO’s
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