There is good news for the Odisha government this week, as more of the infamous Royal Bengal Tigers (RBTs) have been spotted in three new locations in the State- Hemagiri forest in Sundargarh, Debrigad Wildlife Sanctuary in Hirakud, and Munigada in Rayagada district. The news has been confirmed by Bijayshree Routray, the Forest and Environment Minister, who claims that the Tigers have been captured by cameras installed in the forests.
The official count as per the 2014 census is said to be 40 RBTs, with the current census being undertaken by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), and the Odisha Forest Department, due next year. The Forest Department has also been instructed to take necessary steps for the safety of the tigers and maintenance of their habitation.
There was an earlier dispute between the Centre and State governments regarding the tiger population in Odisha, with the Centre claiming 28 RBTs in the State, while Odisha government claiming to house 40 RBTs. This confusion had arisen because the counting of these big cats had only been done in Shimilipal and Satkosia Tiger Reserves in 2016, leaving out the other areas of the state. However, with this new piece of information, a conclusive number can be allotted to the presence of Royal Bengal Tigers in Odisha.
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