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Camera trap captures tiger’s presence in Mollem

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After obtaining indirect evidences of the presence of tiger in Mollem for the last one year, forest department officials have finally managed to get the first ever direct evidence of tiger’s presence in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary in Mollem.

The forest department officials released a photograph of the Bengal or striped tiger on Saturday, captured by camera trap set up in the wildlife sanctuary at Mollem. The photograph was captured on May 14 around 6.45 pm in the core area of the sanctuary.

It is for the first time in the Bhagawan Mahaveer Sanctuary at Mollem that tiger’s presence has been recorded. The presence of the striped tiger in the area indicates that the level of protection, quality of wildlife habitat and wildlife management practices in the sanctuary are of high level, said Range Forest Officer Paresh Porob, while speaking to this daily.

Around 240 square kilometre area of the wildlife sanctuary was  perambulated by dedicated field staff of the range for recording the presence of the elusive big cat since a year back and finally the efforts of the staff have been successful, Porob said expressing happiness over the success attained in recording the tiger’s presence.  

As part of scientific management of the sanctuary, the forest department officials had decided to record the presence of mammalian diversity of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and as part of the project, field staff were sensitised to carry out observation and record

indirect evidences of wildlife during their routine field visits. Strategic camera trapping was carried out and on May 14, 2019, camera recorded the presence of tiger in the forest for the first time, said forest department officials.

The field team of the forest officials that was involved in recording the tiger consisted of range forest officer Paresh Porob, forest guards Subhash Gaonkar and Mahadev Gaonkar and driver Chandrakant Gaonkar.

After attaining success, the forest department has now procured more camera traps to strengthen the field staff to record rich natural heritage of Goa’s other forests. The intensive camera trapping is being also carried out in other wildlife sanctuaries in the state, said forest officials.

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