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Increasing number of hamlets responsible for decline of Tigers in Buxa Tiger Reseve: West Bengal

May 30, 2015 14:00 IST

Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR): Situated near India-Bhutan border in Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal

Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) in West Bengal was in news as on 28 May 2015 West Bengal Minister for Forests Benoy Krishna Barman stated in the legislature that the dwindling population has been caused by the increasing number of hamlets along the reserve.

His reply came against the claims by some conservationists that the reserve lost all its tigers and no tiger was sighted in it since 2002.

However, Status of Tigers in India 2014 report released by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in January 2015 states that though there were no tigers sighted in 2010 as compared to 10 tigers spotted in 2006, their population increased to 3 in 2014.

Further, the report is optimistic that the BTR has potential for increasing tiger population.

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