Government of Maharashtra is taking various steps to curb tiger and leopard mortality in the State under the supervision of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), informed Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Assembly on Wednesday.
Chandrakant Patil, Rajendra Patni, Madhuri Misal, Sunil Rane and Yogesh Sagar raised the matter of mortality of tigers in Umred-Paoni-Karhandhala Tiger Reserve in last two years. In reply, Uddhav Thackeray said, “There are eight tiger deaths from 2018-20 in the Tiger Reserve in which six deaths happened due to poisoning and two deaths due to territorial fight.”
The Government has instructed Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), East to prepare a report on tiger deaths and submit it to PCCF (Wildlife) for further measures in this regard. PCCF (Wildlife) is taking necessary steps at local level. The Government has formed Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) in Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR), Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR), Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) and Navegaon Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR) for tiger conservation. The Forest Department has started 24×7 emergency contact number 1926 for villagers and locals to provide information about wildlife deaths and illegal poaching in the forest area, said Thackeray.
The full article was published by The Hitavada on March 11, 2021.