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Initial results show rise in tiger population in Rajaji Tiger Reserve

The initial results of the counting of tigers at Rajaji National Park have yielded positive results, according to the forest department. The officials have said that the counting that started in January this year has shown encouraging signs as more numbers of tiger footprints have been recorded which signal rise in tiger population at the Rajaji Tiger Reserve. However, final tally of the big cats will only be revealed after the final phase of counting done using camera traps.

In the first two phases, the counting has been carried out at Chillawaali, Dhaulkhand, Beriwada, Haridwar, Rawasan, Chilla, Gohri, Motichur, Kansaro and Ramgarh ranges located in the 830 sq km area of the tiger reserve. While the first two phases used methods of line transects and footprints the final phase will use camera traps which will be completed by April 20. According to the forest officials, the tiger count conducted during the 2016-17, there were 34 tigers in the reserve.

Inputs from Amar Ujala