Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright... But Not In Karnataka.
There has always been an intimate connect between the royals of yesteryears and tigers and the Mysore royals were no exception, doing everything possible to safeguard the big cat for posterity so that Karnataka would always have a place of pride in the hearts of animal lovers who adore the striped wonder.
In recent decades, the love for the tiger and conservation efforts have gained momentum helping its population in the state record a steady rise from 290 in 2006 to 524 in 2018.
But now, tiger lovers have reason to be worried after a survey placed Karnataka second to Madhya Pradesh in the number of tigers with the state losing its numero uno position. Tiger reserves like Bandipur and Nagarhole are no doubt ideal retreats for them and have been favourite destinations for those who can’t rest till they have their rendezvous with the big cat.
But not all is perfect at these reserves—for instance temples located deep inside the forests have to be shifted to avoid human interference and so do tribal families settled inside the forests. On the positive side, tiger reserves like Bandipur, Bhadra and Nagarahole have imposed a night traffic ban to help nocturnal animals cross from one side of the road to the other which was a much needed step considering the number of road kills in recent years.
M.B. Girish examines the state of the big cat in these reserves and finds out what more needs to be done to help Karnataka top in the number of tigers—an honour it enjoyed not so long ago.
Problems within Indian state Karnataka grow bigger with the increase of tiger numbers.
Like more poaching, more timber stealing and more human-tiger-conflicts.