Karnataka, which has consistently recorded a rising tiger population, is set to retain the top slot for the third consecutive time. The number of tigers in the state’s forests is believed to have increased to about 500, the highest in the country.
The tiger census report is likely to be released on July 27 by PM Modi. The Ministry of Environment and Forests had earlier planned to release it on World Tiger Day on July 7. As per the 2014 census National Tiger Conservation Authority of India report, Karnataka had 406 big cats. The total tigers in the country was put at 2,226. The 2006 and 2010 NTCA records showed Karnataka retained the top spot with 290 and 300 tigers, respectively.
Sources in MoEF told The New Indian Express that Karnataka’s numbers are promising because of the conducive Western Ghats environs. The landscape of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Goa show promise.