Tiger census to start in November
15 Jun 2009 03:54:00 AM IST
BANGALORE: Following the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA,) Karnataka will start phase one of the ‘Tiger Census 2012’ from November this year.
With a tiger population of 280, the state has so far managed to do well and even has received commendation from the World Bank.
The present census, which will be carried out using the camera trapping method and double sampling of data, is expected to throw up even more accurate results.
Speaking to The New Indian Express, Rajesh Gopal, NTCA chairman said, every once in four years, a tiger census is conducted in India. He said,”The last census was done in 2006, and we want to bring out the next one by February 2012. We are starting phase one data collection all over India from November.” However, Gopal added “The plan has been presented to the environment ministry and we are yet to get a final go ahead from them.” BK Singh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) said, that the field work will start by November and the ministry will come out with a detailed plan in the coming month.
Singh said that before officers are sent for the census they will be given proper training through a series of workshops.