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Proposal mooted to declare core Goa sanctuaries areas as tiger

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Encouraged by sightings of tigers in parts of four wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, the state forest department has decided to identify core areas in them that it feels could be declared as a "reserve", subject to the approval by the National Authority (NTCA).

A detailed mapping of the movement of tigers will be conducted in the wildlife sanctuaries of Mahadayi, Mollem, Cotigao and Netravali--located in the Western Ghat region.

"The department in the year 2016 and 2017 had laid camera traps in certain parts of the wildlife sanctuaries that confirmed the presence of tigers in those areas. There were direct sightings through the camera traps," said Ajai Saxena, Conservator of Forest (PCCF).

The findings through the camera trap method were encouraging against the backdrop of the department's Census, held in the year 2013, not finding any direct evidence of wild cats in the state's wildlife areas.

Saxena said that tigers were sighted in areas bordering and Maharashtra, especially in the hill range of Chorla Ghat.

"The tiger density in the tropical forest is low. But still we are sure that there is a possibility of presence of tigers in the wildlife sanctuaries of Mollem, Netravali, Mahadayi andCotigao," he said.

Saxena said the department would soon work out a detailed map to identify core areas in the Western Ghat that could be declared as a tiger reserve.

He said a proposal for mapping the areas for the tiger presence would be placed before State Wildlife Board, headed by

"Once we get the approval from the Board, the proposal would be forwarded to the National Tiger Authority for their final approval and funding," he added.

In 2011, Union Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change had asked to consider notifying Mahadayi Wildlife Sanctuary as a tiger reserve.

However, as the then government failed to take any action, the Centre had sent a reminder to the in 2014.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 12:00 IST