Critical habitat zone set up for Sundarbans tigers
Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, July 25: State forest minister, Mr Ananta Ray today informed the Assembly that the state government has established critical tiger habitat zone in both Sundarbans and Buxa Tiger Reserves.
The minister was replying to a question raised by RSP MLA, Mr Jane Alam Mian during Question Hour today.
Mr Ray said that section 38V of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 provides for establishing core or Critical Tiger Habitat in Tiger Reserves on the basis of scientific and objective criteria by the state and the area so declared is required to be kept as inviolate for the purpose of tiger conservation, without affecting the rights of the Scheduled Tribes or such other forest dwellers.
1699.62 sq.km of the Sunderban Tiger Reserve and 459.13 sq.km of Buxa Tiger Reserve have been declared Critical Wildlife Habitat and the core areas of the two Tiger Reserves have been re-notified.
The minister also said that in view of the rising cases of tigers straying into the villages of Sundarbans, the Wildlife Board had held a meeting on 30 June and has decided to involve local people and panchayats to curb the problem. “Aged tigers are straying into the villages in Sundarbans in search for food as they are unable to hunt in the forest. Local villagers have agreed to release goats and cows in the forest from time to time so that these aged tigers could prey on them. This will prevent them from straying into the villages,” said the minister.
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