Ranchi, Jul 29 : It seems 'Vikas' (development) had not reached the big cats in their lone home of the Palamu Tiger Reserve in Jharkhand as according to the Status of Tigers In India 2018 report, which was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today, there are no tigers in the Palamu Tiger Reserve.
Dr Vinod B Mathur, Director Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani Dehradun told UNI over phone that his team which conducted the survey did not find any Tigers in Palamu Reserve."There are no Tigers in the Palamu Tiger Reserve of Jharkhand...the five tigers whose presence has been mentioned in Jharkhand in the report are actually located on the bordering areas of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh," he said.
The report clearly says that Tigers were not recorded in Buxa, Dampa and Palamu Tiger Reserves. "Reserves had poor tiger status in their earlier assessments as well". Interestingly Palamu Tiger Reserve is one of the nine original Tiger Reserves in India which was set under Project Tiger in 1974 and had 50 tigers in the year of its inception.
According to the report the data of Central Indian Landscape and Eastern Ghats of which Jharkhand is a part, in 2014 the Tiger Population in Jharkhand was 3 (which was estimated through SCAT DNA) while in the earlier census report of 2010 it was estimated to be 10.
PCCF Wildlife Jharkhand PK Verma talking to UNI said that he would be writing to the Wildlife Institute of India and seek further clarification and details on the report. He said that the majority area of the Palamu Tiger Reserve is located on the bordering areas of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh so if the big cats are not in Jharkhand...then are they in Chattisgarh," he said.
As per the report the tiger population in the country stood at 2967 up 741 as compared to 2226 in the data of 2014. The state with maximum number of Tigers count is in Madhya Pradesh at 526 closely followed by Karnataka 524 while Uttarakhand was at the third position with 442 wild cats.