Pressure on Government to Adopt More Comprehensive Tiger Estimation Methodology

Ullas Karanth and seven other top wildlife experts said that Jairam Ramesh’s announcement of an increase in tiger numbers from the national tiger estimation exercise, was based on unreliable data. The letter, published in Science magazine, added pressure on the government to adopt a more comprehensive counting methodology. Ullas Karanth is a member of the ministry’s National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Though Jairam Ramesh had hit back at Ullas Karanth’s letter, on the same day he approved a new scientific plan for counting the big cat. The minister had also incorporated some of Karanth’s suggestions in the new plan, such as annual monitoring in 41 reserves and wider coverage of camera traps to capture in-depth tiger demography. Karanth has described the decision as “practical, cost effective and useful”.

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