The annual tiger monitoring exercise will kickoff in November and will include Simlipal and Satakosia. The MoEF has made this announcement following a three day workshop where experts deliberated on the Best Management Practices in Tiger Conservation. The November census is titled Phase IV of the National Tiger Estimation Programme. The annual monitoring will be done by the respective Chief Wildlife Wardens of the reserves. The methodology will be determined by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and NTCA. Simlipal, a prime tiger reserve, is considered problematic by the MoEF due to maoist attacks, timber smuggling and poaching. A 2010 census put the Tiger numbers between 12 and 32, far less than the 61 the state government claimed.
MOEF Press Brief — Annual Intensive Tiger Monitoring Will Kickoff in November