In December last year, a Royal Bengal Tiger was captured on camera at an elevation of 3,165 metres in Ilam district of eastern Nepal. It was the first-ever sighting of the big cat at such a high altitude.
Almost nine months prior, a tiger was spotted at an elevation of 2,500 metres in the Mahabharat range of Dadeldhura district.
The two sightings of tigers had led conservationists to suspect that the big cats were moving up in the hills, possibly in search of undisturbed habitats and prey.
Now, the findings of a recent study show that tigers are not only climbing up in the hills but also moving right and left from their existing territories.
The study has found tigers in three districts where they had not been sighted—at least in recent years.
The full article was published by the Kathmandu Post on March X3, 2021.