Naxalism pose threat to tiger conservation: Experts
STAFF WRITER 13:49 HRS IST
New Delhi, Sep 27 (PTI) Insurgency seems to have affected efforts for tiger conservation in the country as wildlife protection activities for the striped cats has become difficult in the naxal-hit areas.
Experts point out that naxals are present in seven out of 38 tiger reserves, which means no official tiger census has been conducted for a very long time.
"Those are banned areas and difficult to reach. Naxal problem surely is hampering the conservation cause. Because of the fear, conservationists or government officials avoid visiting these areas. So, we remain unaware of the actual conditions of these endangered species," says well-known wildlife conservationist Mike Pandey.
"Several times during my shoot in the northern part of the country, I have met angry young people from the banned groups, who are actually not aware of the wildlife problems," he adds.