In a shocking piece of news it has been revealed that Kamlang Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh, which was also the 50 th tiger reserve of India have no tigers left. A senior forest department official of Arunachal Pradesh has claimed that the tiger reserve has no tiger population according to the latest census report (2014) but the area has been notified as a tiger reserve as it has contiguity with Namdapha tiger reserve.
No tigers left
‘There could be a tiger somewhere, which has still not been recorded, but officially there are none at present,’ the official said. The reserve falls in the southeastern part of Lohit district and is more than 700km from Itanagar.
However, he added, ‘Kamlang is a potential tiger habitat and it is contiguous with Namdapha. There are chances of tigers moving from one area to another.’
Another official said Kamlang could be a place for reintroduction of tigers from other areas and hence the plan was to see that the area is maintained without any disturbances.
‘No attention was given to the wildlife sanctuary for conservation purposes for a long time,’ a source said, adding there has been no wildlife survey. Officials feel that with the declaration of a tiger reserve the situation might change, as funds will be pumped in.
Even though Kamlang do not have a tiger at present, it is the home of animals like elephant, leopard cat, Wild Boar, civet, deer, Giant Squirrel and Flying Squirrel.
Source- Roopak Goswami