There’s a tiger in your UID queue

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - NA­TION -

An NTCA of­fi­cial said each ID will be linked to five ma­jor tiger land­scapes in In­dia.

The au­thor­ity has also de­vel­oped a soft­ware, Ex­trac­tCom­pare, to per­form batch-level au­to­mated match­ing and to as­sign UIDs, the note said.

The cur­rent mon­i­tor­ing prac­tice is for for­est de­part­ments to as­sign num­bers to each tiger. But, a tiger in Kanha re­serve may be named T-2 and another in neigh­bour­ing Band­hav­garh may have the same num­ber. "It makes mon­i­tor­ing dif­fi­cult," an NTCA of­fi­cial said.

This year has seen 83 tiger deaths, the most since 1997 de­spite higher spend­ing on pro­tec­tion. There are cur­rently 1,706 tigers across 41 re­serves.

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