Kali Tiger Reserve a model for others in tiger census – The New Indian Express

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HUBBALLI: The only tiger protection area in North Karnataka, Kali Tiger Reserve has become a model reserve for many who struggle to count tigers in the country. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) have established protocols for counting tigers and Kali Reserve has followed them in good spirit, forestry officials said.

The Kali Tiger Reserve in Uttara Kannada district is a beautiful forest landscape and a top tourist destination. In the previous census conducted in 2018, the tiger population here was 12.

Although forest chiefs had hoped for more tigers, the numbers were lower than expected. This year, particular emphasis was placed on the camera trap experience as part of the capture and recapture method. This helped the reserve come up with accurate numbers. The census was also carried out in other forest areas of Uttara Kannada besides the Kali Tiger Reserve. According to the internal assessment, there are 30 tigers in the district of which 90% are in the Kali reserve. Tigers have also been reported in Yellapur, Sirsi and Haliyal divisions.

“WII and NTCA defined the protocols for counting tigers and we followed them in the field. For example, the use of the rangefinder in online transactions for herbivore surveys has been made mandatory for volunteers. If you need accurate numbers on tigers, you have to follow the methodology correctly,” said a forestry official who is part of the census. Senior Karnataka Forest Department officials say Karnataka has a healthy population of tigers.

“Karnataka is part of the most important tiger landscape – the Nilgiri Biosphere – along with Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Similarly, Kali Tiger Reserve turns into a source population site for several animals that disperse in the wildlife areas attached to it.The entire landscape stretching from Bhimghad National Park in Belagavi to the Bhagawan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary at the other end, the Kali is an important landscape for tigers.We expect a steady increase in tiger numbers in Kali after the relocation of several villages in the interior,” an official added.

HUBBALLI: The only tiger protection area in North Karnataka, Kali Tiger Reserve has become a model reserve for many who struggle to count tigers in the country. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) have established protocols for counting tigers and Kali Reserve has followed them in good spirit, forestry officials said. The Kali Tiger Reserve in Uttara Kannada district is a beautiful forest landscape and a top tourist destination. In the previous census in 2018, the tiger population here was 12. Although forest chiefs had hoped for more tigers, the numbers were lower than expected. This year, particular emphasis was placed on the camera trap experience as part of the capture and recapture method. This helped the reserve come up with accurate numbers. The census was also carried out in other forest areas of Uttara Kannada besides the Kali Tiger Reserve. According to the internal assessment, there are 30 tigers in the district of which 90% are in the Kali reserve. Tigers have also been reported in Yellapur, Sirsi and Haliyal divisions. “WII and NTCA defined the protocols for counting tigers and we followed them in the field. For example, the use of the rangefinder in online transactions for herbivore surveys has been made mandatory for volunteers. If you need accurate numbers on tigers, you have to follow the methodology correctly,” said a forestry official who is part of the census. Senior Karnataka Forest Department officials say Karnataka has a healthy population of tigers. “Karnataka is part of the most important tiger landscape – the Nilgiri Biosphere – along with Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Similarly, Kali Tiger Reserve turns into a source population site for several animals that disperse in the wildlife areas attached to it.The entire landscape stretching from Bhimghad National Park in Belagavi to the Bhagawan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary at the other end, the Kali is an important landscape for tigers.We expect a steady increase in the number of tigers in Kali after the relocation of several villages in the interior,” an official added.

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