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Tiger population in Corbett park has remained constant

Tiger population in Corbett Tiger Reserve has remained more or less constant at least since 2006 with CTR still retaining highest tiger density in tiger range countries across the world though failure to provide space for the big cats could result in increased tiger mortalities. This was one of the findings revealed in the recently concluded 26th annual research seminar of the Wildlife Institute of India. The research papers presented the condition of wildlife and habitat in various protected forest areas, tiger reserves and the tiger population in these protected areas.
According to a research paper on the population status and space used by tigers in the Corbett Tiger Reserve by junior research fellow Shikha Bisht, the estimated tiger population in CTR is between the lower and upper limits of 143 and 198 individuals respectively. A total of 1511 photographs from camera traps installed in 229 locations formed the basis of the tiger population estimation undertaken in 2011-12.
WII scientist and one of the principal investigators in the estimation, Qamar Qureshi said that tigers have continued to thrive in Corbett since the population estimation in Corbett in 2006 till today tigers continue to thrive in Corbett which continues to sustain the highest tiger density in tiger range countries. He said the lower and upper tiger limit of 143 and 198 individuals respectively proves that the Corbett population has remained constant.
In view of the thriving tiger population, it is all the more vital to address habitat issues of territorial forest divisions in the Corbett tiger landscape and Rajaji National Park while also linking corridors to ensure accommodate of the spill over from Corbett. Failure to develop more space for tigers could lead to increased tiger mortalities, said Qureshi.


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