NTCA, the New Kankati is gone, so will be many tigers soon - please wake up
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Things just happen and no one seems responsible for it and no one owns it. The new Kankati of Bandhavgarh is poached and no two words about it and the evidence is clear. It seems to have happened during the closure of the park for the monsoon holidays. This is just not one of a case. Between 2014 and July 25, 2017, there were 356 tiger deaths in the country, of which 76 were in Madhya Pradesh, followed by 54 in Karnataka and 53 in Maharashtra.
We feel Forest Dept. is not very effective is managing this task and I feel how everything else going on in the world, what is called crowdsourcing, we need to do the same here - use tourists and wildlife enthusiasts and photographers in your favor. We feel we should open up the entire forest for controlled tourism, no monsoon closure either. That way the wildlifers will keep a close eye on these tigers. More the public involved, more the social media used, more will be the accountability.
Tiger deaths have reached one of the lowest nadir in the last few years and if we sit quiet, we might hit the pre-1972 numbers and to a point of no return. We being housing the highest percentage (>70%) of tigers in the wild, we should carry the highest responsibility in conserving the same.
Request you to think on these lines and take appropriate decision, sooner than later.
Manjunath M Gowda
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