Nainital: In a welcome step to save the big cats, the tiger reserves in India will also keep a strict vigil on them besides their conservation. The decision was taken in a meeting of the tiger reserve officials of North India at Kalagarh Training Institute on Friday.

It may be noted here that a census on tiger population was carried out by the National Tiger Conservation Authority but now the responsibility has been given to the tiger reserves.

The workshop at the training institute was divided into four parts in which knowledge was imparted regarding the technique of census of the tiger population. The senior forest officials at the tiger reserves were informed about the survey of tigers, their counting procedure with the help of satellites and advance technique of capturing their movements on cameras.

Member Secretary of the National Tiger Conservation Authority Dr Rajesh Gopal, Wildlife Institute Scientist Qamar Qureshi and Corbett Park Director Ranjan Kumar Mishra participated in the workshop.

In this connection ,Scientist Qureshi told the officials about the advance technique of the installation of cameras for the census on tiger population.

Corbett National Park Deputy Director CK Kavidayal said, “There are 40 Corbett tiger reserves in the country. All of them will keep an eye if any tiger ventures out of its area.”

The workshop was attended by the directors of the Ranthambhore and Sariska Tiger Reserves in Rajasthan, reserves in Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar along with top forest officials.

 JPN/Bureau