Tigers spotted in hill states to be counted

Itanagar, Nov 1: For the first time, the All India Tiger Estimation will cover Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh’s high altitude areas where tigers were spotted 10,000 ft above the sea-level, reports Hindustan Times.
During a meeting of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in Delhi on Monday, tiger sighting in remote areas of both the hill states was discussed and a decision was taken to frame Special Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to conduct tiger estimation in these areas. The authority directed officers to prepare the SOP in consultation with pioneer Wildlife Institute of India (WII), an official said. Tiger presence was reported in Uttarakhand last year in Askot Wildlife Sanctuary where a tiger was camera-trapped above 12,000 ft. Following which tiger was photographed in Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and Tehri forest division. Similar incidences were also reported from Arunachal Pradesh.