Monday, July 13, 2009

SOG of Police Force deployed at two places within Similipal Tiger Reserve

18:44 IST
Rajya Sabha

Special Operation Group (SOG) of Police Force was deployed at two places within the Similipal Tiger Reserve after the naxalite attack. This was informed by the State government. The situation was reviewed with the State officials in the Ministry alongwith officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, and action has been taken for providing assistance under the ongoing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger, based on proposals received from the State.

As per the outcome of the All India tiger estimation released in 2008, the occupancy of tiger in the State of Orissa, including Similipal amounts to 9144, with a population of 45 (mid value) with the upper and lower limits being 53 and 37 respectively. This is based on the refined methodology approved by the Tiger Task Force, carried out by the National Tiger Conservation Authority in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India, using a sampling method involving camera traps on a statistical framework, which cannot be compared with the earlier total count using pugmarks, due to inherent shortcomings in the latter. The State has carried out a tiger census in Similipal during 2009 and has estimated a tiger population comprising of 16 males, 31 females and 14 cubs, using the old pugmark method.

The details of Government and Non-Government Organizations associated with the Forest Department in carrying out the census exercise as reported by the State are given below.

1. Government officials:

(a) Similipal Tiger Reserve

(b) Baripada Forest Division

(c) Karinjia Forest Division

(d) Rairangpur Forest Division

(e) Balasore Wildlife Division

(f) Balasore Afforestation Division

2. Non-Government Organisations/Persons

(a) Department of Wildlife and Conservation Biology, North Orissa University

(b) Wild Orissa

(c) Nature Environment and Wildlife Society-Angul

(d) WWF-India Orissa Chapter

(e) Freelance Naturalists from Bhubaneswar

(f) Retired Forest Officials and Experts

Minister of State for the Ministry of Environment and Forests (Independent charge) Shri Jairam Ramesh replied in a written question by Shri Rama Chandra Khuntia in Rajya Sabha today.

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