(English) Human activities pose threat to tigers

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KATHMANDU, Nepal–Though biodiversity conservation efforts between Nepal and India have contributed to the conservation of endangered tiger species, mounting human pressures on wildlife and their habitats posed threat to their existence, according to the survey of the first ever trans-boundary tiger.

The survey carried out between November 2012 and June 2013 recorded a total of 239 adult tigers in 12 protected areas and reserves as well as three biological corridors and adjoining forest patches in Nepal and India that are trans-boundary in nature.

They were discovered from the study based on camera trap methodology in the area covering around 5,300 square kilometres in the Terai Arc Landscape of Nepal and India. Similarly, of the total tigers counted, 89 were adult males and 145 were adult females while the gender of five others could not be determined.

Tigers are found to exist as single wholly-connected population in the protected areas of Nepal and India, according to the study.

The movements of  tigers between the two countries were photo-documented along the bordering areas of Nepal and India.

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