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India's tiger population jumps 30% to 2,226, says latest census.

shriram | 20th January 2015 | Latest News
India's tiger population jumps 30% to 2,226, says latest census.

    Tiger population in the country is estimated to be around 2,226, a rise of over 30 per cent since the last count in 2010, according to the latest census report released today.
The total number of tigers were estimated to be around 1,706 in 2010. The tiger population had dipped to an alarming 1,411 in 2006 but has improved since then.
Releasing the country wide tiger assessment report for 2014, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar termed it as a "success story" and noted that while the tiger population is falling in the world, it is rising in India.
In 2006, the mid value of such a (once in four years) snap shot assessment using the same methodology was 1,411, in 2010 it was 1706 and now in 2014, it stands at 2,226. This is an increase of almost 30.5 per cent since the last estimate," an official statement said.
Officials said that a total of 3,78,118 sq km of forest area in 18 tiger states were surveyed with a total of 1,540 unique tiger photo captures.
Tiger population has increased in several states like Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, officials said.
Javadekar credited the combined efforts of officers, forest guards, community participation and scientific approach for the rise in tiger population.
"That is why we want to create more tiger reserves. This is a proof of India's biodiversity and how we care for mitigating climate change. This is India's steps in the right direction which the world will applaud," he said.
Talking about human-animal conflict, the Environment Minister said that "proactive" steps will be taken in this regard.
"We must ensure the animal-human conflict does not happen. We have proactively decided that we will create more grasslands and water storage in forest areas so that animals can live well," he said.
He said that problem was more acute where elephants were concerned.
While in case of tigers it was seven deaths, around 100 people had died in such c


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