Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh has been overtaken by Karnataka which has become the new ‘Tiger State’ of the country. This is a direct result of the administration’s failure to check tiger hunting in the state. These facts have come up in a recent report of the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, the agency responsible for calculating tiger population in the country.
According to Wildlife Institute of India, although Karnataka does not have large tiger reserves like Madhya Pradesh, the state has managed to perform better than MP in curbing tiger deaths by preventing the emergence of any illegal network dealing in sale of tiger body parts. Therefore incidents of tiger hunting are much less in Karnataka.
Panna Tiger Reserve has lost 24 tigers in last four years, while the tiger count in Kanha has decreased by 29. Tiger population in Panna and Kanha in 2006 was 24 and 89 respectively.
Karnataka, on the other hand, has lost only five tigers in last five years; and even these five tigers were not killed by hunters, but died by getting caught in traps set for catching herbivorous wild animals.
Hunting and smuggling of tiger body parts is considered to be the primary reason behind the decline in tiger population in Madhya Pradesh.