Cor­bett starts count­ing of black bears, leop­ards

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation -

DEHRADUN: Along with the All In­dia Tiger Es­ti­ma­tion project of­fi­cials at Cor­bett Tiger Re­serve have now started work on es­ti­ma­tion of pop­u­la­tion of other car­ni­vores found in the pro­tected area.

Over 490 cam­era traps were de­ployed by the Cor­bett ad­min­is­tra­tion and Wildlife In­sti­tute of In­dia (WII) in the park for the tiger es­ti­ma­tion project in Novem­ber. Move­ment of car­ni­vores like leop­ards and bears were also cap­tured in those cam­era traps. Two bears were spot­ted in­side the re­serve last year.

Deputy di­rec­tor of Cor­bett Tiger Re­serve said the WII was only us­ing in­for­ma­tion on tigers cap­tured in the re­serve, and rest of the data was not be­ing used.

“We de­cided to con­duct an es­ti­ma­tion of car­ni­vores found in Cor­bett be­cause the data was al­ready col­lected from the cam­era traps and would have gone waste oth­er­wise,” said Chan­drashekhar Joshi, deputy di­rec­tor of Cor­bett.

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