Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, Parveen Kaswan, took to Twitter and unveiled the tale of a tiger who has been walking for 1,300 km around the Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary for five months. This comes as conservation efforts have doubled the tiger population in Maharashtra. However, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh still continue to have larger populations of Tigers in the country.
The IFS officer, while describing the Tiger’s journey said, he is walking unintentionally in either the search of territory, prey or mate. He added that the Tiger has passed via several roads, fields and canals without hurting any human being. Have a look at his tweet.
A #tiger has just walked into record books. Undertaken longest walk ever recorded in #India of 1,300km in five months.— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) December 3, 2019
In search of prey, territory or a mate he is crossing #roads, fields, #canals etc. Without harming anybody. Closely monitored by dept. Wonders of #Nature. pic.twitter.com/bkjMe1vfTU
While speaking at the Rajya Sabha, the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday, December 2, said the tiger population in the country has increased by 750 in the last four years to 2,976. Earlier, the country's tiger count was reportedly 2,226, he said during the Question Hour in the Upper House. "Now the tiger count is 2,976. We must be proud of our whole ecological system. Tigers have increased by 750 in the last four years," Javadekar said in reply to a supplementary question. He said lions, tigers, elephants, and rhinos are India's assets and if reports of any deaths from viruses' surface, special investigations are conducted to ascertain facts.
Javadekar while talking about the country’s forest cover said it has increased by 17,374 sq. km between assessments of 2007 and 2017. "However, within the above ten-year period, forest cover increased by 6,788 square km between assessments 2015 and 2017 itself," he said. The top three states which have increased the forest cover include West Bengal, undivided Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. He said the total forest cover of the country, as per the current assessment, is 7.08 lakh sq. km which is 21.54% of the geographical area. The tree cover of the country is estimated to be 93.81 sq. km which is 2.85% of the geographical area, he said.