Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baripada, Apr 28:
The Odisha Forest department on Monday began the tiger census for the year 2015 in the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) in Mayurbhanj and Kuldiha sanctuary in Baleswar district.
The census would be carried out by using traditional methods like tracking footprints, drinking spots, pathway, faeces and urine and scratch marks on trees and ground etc.
It will continue till May 3. Over 350 Forest staffs are engaged in the census work which would continue till May 3.
“The census will also cover other carnivorous animals along Similipal-Kuldiha corridor while the census of herbivores would be carried out in the last three days,” RCCF of Similipal, Harish Kumar Bisht told the media.
The authorities, however, are not certain about the presence of tigers in Kuldiha range.
While there is dispute over the number of tigers in Similipal-Kuldiha corridor, the outcome of the ongoing census is eagerly awaited.
As per the previous census, there are 30 tigers in the STR.