Tiger count in Chhattisgarh down by 39
The annual report of the forest department presented in the state assembly stated that the number of tigers in the forests of Chhattisgarh has gone down to 200 from 239 counted last year.
The number of tigers in 2003 was 238 while in 2002, 227 big cats were counted in the state. The number of leopards, however, has increased to 1,293 from 1,258 last year.
The number of wild buffaloes, recognised as the state animal of Chhattisgarh, has declined to 121 from 151 in the previous year.
But the report has no reference to the state bird Maina. Probably only one bird exists in Bastar, and it is being conserved in Jagdalpur.
The state government has also signed an MoU with Wild Life Trust of India for preservation and conversation of wild buffaloes. The WTI has started the preliminary survey work in June 2005.
The state has also sent a proposal of Rs 236.42 lakh to the Union government for preservation and conversation of the crocodile in Kotmi Sonar pond of Janjgirs under a five-year plan (2006-7 to 2011).
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