Thursday, November 09, 2006

Indian state forms society for tiger conservation

Lucknow, Nov. 8 (PTI): Faced with declining number of tigers, the Uttar Pradesh government has set up a 16-member conservation society for research and better management of natural habitat of the big cat.

Led by Principal Secretary, Forest, the society would have 10 government and six Non-Governmental members, an official release issued here said today.

Representatives of Wildlife Protection Society of India, Wildlife Trust of India, environmentalist, Billy Arjun Singh, would be among non-government members, the release said.

Meanwhile, Principal Secretary, Forest, V W Garg said that with the setting up of the society, Uttar Pradesh has become the first state in the country to start tiger conservation work in a planned manner.

By the beginning of 20th century, the country had about 50,000 tigers, but today it has come down to 3600 in 28 tiger reserves of the country, Garg said adding, that as per 2005 census UP has 273 tigers.

There were 283 tigers in 2003, he added.

Through this society, the state would be able to check poaching of tigers and smuggling of tiger limbs to China, Tibet and other South Asian countries.

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