Wildlife census begins in five districts including Kolhapur | Kolhapur News

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Kolhapur: Wildlife census has started in five districts – Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg – with emphasis on increasing the population of prey based animals which will eventually lead to an increase in the population of big cats such as tigers and leopards.
More than 300 battered rangers as well as local volunteers have been tasked with carrying out the exercise from Saturday and it is expected to be completed in the coming days.
The beaten rangers equipped with a GPS-enabled mobile application walk through the forests and record all animal species and geotag them. At the end of the exercise, data from each of the rangers will be compiled and posted online.
Sahyadri Tiger Reserve Field Manager Samadhan Chavan said, “The exercise is part of the tiger assessment being conducted across India. Carnivores and herbivores are recorded in the survey. The survey will close on January 21 and the data will be reviewed before uploading to the website.
Increasing the population of wild animals is the fundamental objective of the census. With the help of the Wildlife Institute Dehradun, the initiative to fence 16 hectares of forest in the Chandoli reserve is underway. The animals on which the tigers survive will be put in this enclosure and breeding will be carried out.
“According to the suggestion of the institute, the prey animals will be reared in the compound and the excess population will be released in the Western Ghat section. We spotted tigers in the Sindhudurg section and pug marks were spotted in the Ajara section. Once the prey increases, the number of feral cats will also increase, which is our ultimate goal,” Chavan said.
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