The count of tigers in Uttarakhand shot up to 242 with an increase of 63 big cats in the year 2017.
The news was announced by Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
In addition, 11 cubs were also found in the two tiger reserves, the Corbett Tiger Reserve and the Rajaji Tiger Reserve, in the state.
While announcing the statistics, the Chief Minister congratulated the forest department for the great work being done for the conservation of tigers and added that in terms of area and tiger population ratio.
Uttarakhand is the second state in terms of tiger count behind Karnataka, which has 400 big cats.
According to the latest statistics, at least 208 tigers have been identified in Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, up from last year's 163. Also six cubs were identified there.
At least 34 tigers have been identified in Rajaji Tiger Reserve in 2016-17, up from previous year's 16. Five cubs were also found there.
Around 535 cameras installed in Corbett Tiger Reserve played a key role in collecting the recent data. On the other hand, 562 cameras were put at strategic locations in core areas of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve in collaboration with the Indian Wildlife Institute and World Nature Fund (WWF).
About Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve
• Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India.
• It was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger.
• It is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand.
• The reserve was named after Jim Corbett, who played a key role in its establishment.
• The park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative.
About Rajaji Tiger Reserve
• Rajaji National Park is an Indian national park and tiger reserve.
• The park is spread over 820 km per square and three districts of Uttarakhand: Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal.
• In 1983, three wildlife sanctuaries in the area namely, Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries were merged into one.
• The Park has been named after C. Rajagopalachari, a prominent leader of the Freedom Struggle, the second and last Governor-General of independent India.
When: Announced in July 2017
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