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Tigers posing threat to human settlement

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KATHMANDU, Nepal- Nepal government‘s international commitment to increase the number of the tigers in 2022 is likely to be attained before the schedule time. Moreover, it is assumed that the target number will be doubled in comparison to the government’s earlier speculation. The government has committed to increase the tigers’ number up to 310 by 2022.  However, with the increase in population, this endangered animal has posed threat to human settlement.

Though the tiger experts are fully confidence of the twofold increase as per the international commitment, they are further worry over probable encroachment of the tiger in human settlement. According to the tiger experts, generally twenty five to forty five square kilometer forest is needed for an adult tiger, but the government could not allocate the jungle required for the tiger due to forestation.

Due to the active monitoring and the awareness of animal rights activists, tiger’s number has been increasing, tiger exports said. According them in addition to conserve the national parks and the protected areas, route for the free moment of the tiger is equally essential. The experts have also stressed the need of corridor for the free movement of this conserved animals.

‘It is necessary to develop the habitant of the tiger with the proportion of its increase’, Ramesh Bhusal an environmentalist at the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation told to Nepal Mountain Focus.

Since the tiger is a significant part of eco system, impact on its habitant automatically lay negative impact on whole human environment,’ Bhusal, who also worked at South Asian as environmentalist informed that increased human settlement has marred tigers’ inhabitant.

Among the lists of the thirteen nations famous for this wild beast, Nepal is enlisted in 5th position. The government had committed to double the tigers’ number in 2010. However, a total of twenty one tiger were increased when the government conducted the census in 2011 in Bardia and Suklaphata National Park.

According to the government data, there are thirty seven tigers in Bardiya and ten in Sulkaphata. Likewise ,Chitwan National Park,  Nepal’s first national park homes one hundred and twenty five tigers, while Parsa wildlife Reserve puts up only four tigers. The tiger experts are fully optimistic that the number of such wild beast will certainly be increased with the government resumed the census since two months nationwide.

Questioning the validity of earlier data, the government has launched tiger census at all the park and reserve at the same time. The census has been conducted by installing more than one thousand camera at the major national parks, reserve, biological routes and Chure region which are known for the major habitant of the tigers.

Likewise, the government has initiated a strong measure to curb the tiger’s poaching. Five hundred pair of the cameras has been installed under the ‘Camera Trapping’ process to find out tigers’ route in park and wildlife reserve.

The government has been mulling over to make public the finding of the census by the end of the July.

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