However, according to the latest figures by the forestry department, only about 150 tigers remain in the Hukuang Tiger Reserve, claimed to be the world's largest.
The tiger data collection of the forestry department was jointly carried out with the co-operation of the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) since 1998 with the use of a camera trap as well as modern scientific methods, the local ‘7-Day’ weekly said on Wednesday.
The Hukuang Tiger Reserve, located in northern Kachin state, was established in 2004 and covers about 22,000 sq km. Some 25,000 people also live in the reserve.
In the wake of the threat of extinction of the big cats,
The authorities have called for creating a balance between the needs of local communities and the wildlife, which constitutes a major challenge for them.
Tigers are facing extinction all over the world mainly due to the international trade in body parts destined for the Asian traditional medicine market, wildlife biologists said.
Tigers are on the ‘completely protected’ list under the Protection of Wildlife and Conservation of Natural Areas Law of Myanmar since 1994.
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