Tiger Population increases by 30% in India, But decreases in Odisha

New Delhi, Jan 20: The tiger population has increased by 30 per cent in India in the past three years. However, a sharp fall has been noticed in the wild life population in Odisha where we have two habitats for the big cat preservation.

According to new tiger census data released by union environment minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on Tuesday, the tiger population is falling in the world, but it is rising in India. The big cat population has increased by 30%, from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014.

In 2008, the population of the wild life was 1,411, while it was 1,706 in 2011 in India. The tiger census is carried out in a gap of every three years by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in the country.

As per the census 2014, the population of tiger is found highest in Karnataka, which has 408 in the age group of 1.5 years and more. While Uttarakhand registered 340 big cats, it was 308 in Madhya Pradesh, 229 in Tamil Nadu, 190 in Maharashtra, 167 in Assam, 136 in Kerala and 117 was registered in Uttar Pradesh.

However, Odisha recorded all time low in the census. The tiger population has fallen sharply from 32 to 28 in the past three years.

Despite Simlipal and Satkosia, the two habitats for tigers in Odisha, the number of the wild life is minimal. The current estimates show that the big cats will be extinct very soon in the state if not protected.