The state government and the forest officials of the state of Karnataka have upped the ante to retain its title as the premier tiger state in the nation. This comes in the wake of the All-India Tiger Estimation(2018) programme conducted in the state recently. A systematical consensus was done in the protected areas of the state to ascertain the numbers of the carnivores and herbivores in the territorial divisions, as well as lead to habitat protection, and finally predator/prey protection The state forest department has trained their staff in field preparations and mock drills, to rise to the occasion and meet the challenge of retaining Karnataka’s lead with its 406 tiger population. The first phase of the AITE 2018 consensus was flagged off on 22nd January, followed by the line transect survey scheduled from 25-27January.
As reported by The New Indian Express