GOA: In January this year four tiger carcasses were found in and around the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. This triggered a national uproar. Debates on how safe the big cat was in the state’s protected forests followed. A February 2020 report submitted by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, Bengaluru had highlighted the apathy of the state’s forest department in safeguarding the tiger.
However, nearly five months later, nothing much has been done by the forest department to rectify shortcomings in the system. Additional principal chief conservator of forests, Santosh Kumar told that his department is still in the process of establishing anti-poaching camps and watch towers in the sanctuary. “We have already taken steps for creating critical tiger breeding habitat inviolate areas. Systematic patrolling for safeguarding tigers, their prey and habitat has been initiated. In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, our staff is making necessary arrangements for providing infrastructure required for efficient management of the tiger habitats,” Santosh Kumar said.
The News 24 Goa