Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sundargarh, Jun 12:

If you are a wildlife lover and especially if you love the big cat, this piece of information is certainly going to cheer you up, for the first time evidence of a Royal Bengal Tiger strolling in the forests of Odisha’s Sundargarh district has been found.

File Pic.
File Pic.

Forest department officials have come across pug marks of the big cat in the Juniyani forested area under the Lefripara forest range of the district, sources in Forest department revealed.

Further, pug marks and data from camera traps show the existence of 12 leopards in the forest, the sources added.

Moreover, camera traps have captured images of elephants, bears, deer, barking deer, wild boars, and peacocks.

Forest department officials of Sundargarh are euphoric over evidence suggesting the presence of a Royal Bengal Tiger in their jurisdiction.

Ever since the discovery, department officials are regularly patrolling the forest and analyzing camera trap images and pug marks.

In addition to that, officials are maintaining a strict vigil to see to it that there is no fire outbreak in the forest.

It may be mentioned here that the state government on May 18 had rejected the estimation of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on tiger population in the state and claimed that there are at least 40 big cats, including three melanistic types, in Similipal Tiger Reserve.

The state government’s estimation report said it also found 318 leopards.