India's tiger population rises by 12 pc to reach 1,706

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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New Delhi, Mar 28: According to the tiger census report released by Minister of Forest and Environment, Jairam Ramesh, on Monday, Mar 28, the number of wild cats in India has risen by more than 12 per cent in the last three years.

The report revealed that there are 1,706 tigers in India, a 12 per cent increase from 1,411 in 2007. The census estimated around 70 tigers in Sundarbans and 353 in Shivalik area.

The tiger census was carried out in 39 tiger reserves spread in 17 states across the country. The process, which includes field studies and camera trap, was aimed to get the exact number of wild cats remaining in Indian forest.

Earlier, the officials participated in the tiger census told that the overall counting process has been "very encouraging" and it would result in some new and good policies towards the conservation of the tigers.

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