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“Improving the sambar population to increase the number of tigers”
India time | 1 day ago | 26-09-2022 | 08:53
India time
1 day ago | 26-09-2022 | 08:53

PANAJI: Goa should focus on conserving and improving the population of sambar deer in its protected areas to aid tiger conservation in the state. Sambar is ideal prey for tigers as it provides enough meat for days and will allow tigers to stay and breed in Goa, said AJT Johnsingh, Padma Shri award winner, conservationist and former dean of the Wildlife Institute of India. While subsequent ministers have often stated that there are no “resident” tigers in Goa and that these big cats continue to move to the forests across the border, Johnsingh said measures Proactive efforts were needed for tigers to breed in Goa’s protected areas. “Barking deer, spotted deer may not contribute to tiger conservation, and gaurs tend to attack tigers. Sambar, once hunted, can be eaten for days. First, a detailed study of the sambar population is needed in Goa. There are sambars, but a few years ago up to 20 were poached. Sambar conservation in Goa is tiger conservation,” Johnsingh told TOI. said that the argument that a tiger reserve is not needed in Goa does not hold because although the state has almost 700 km² of protected area, there are many human settlements inside “At least 150 km² of core area is needed without human population. All existing settlements should be rehabilitated. Simultaneously, efforts should be made to improve the sambar population across the entire 700 km². And Goa will see results in five years Have a reserve of tigers will bring Goa funds from the Center for support staff, a good field manager and vehicles to improve its protected areas,” said Johnsingh, who helped shape the Wildlife Institute of India over its two decades of stay there. An interim livestock compensation policy is also vital for tiger conservation, Johnsingh said. “In Corbett, in the buffer zone, over 10,000 cattle have been killed over the years. But there is not a single report of tiger poisoning. Indeed, if 20,000 rupees are provided as compensation for cattle to the inhabitants, 5,000 rupees are immediately provided as interim relief. Some wealthy people in Goa should come forward to help with funds for such immediate aid in the interests of tiger conservation,” he said. Goa also needs braver forestry officials, Johnsingh said. “We need forestry officials who have the courage to tell ministers exactly what is needed for Goa,” he said. Johnsingh also said Goa is not suitable for tourism focused on tiger safaris due to its terrain and other factors. “In Goa, focus should be on nature tourism, such as bird watching, reptile watching, amphibian watching, rather than tiger tourism,” he explained.

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