Itanagar: Following the registration of 11 tigers in Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh by a research team of Wildlife Institute of India (WII), the state forest department has decided to write to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for notification of the area as a tiger reserve.
The presence of tigers in the upper ridges of snow clad Dibang valley, which borders China, was recorded through camera traps over the years.
The three-year long study conducted by Aisho Sharma Adhikarimayum and GV Gopi of the Wildlife Institute of India said that protection of the newly discovered population is of utmost priority. The animal is not often thought to live in higher altitude areas.
Two male tiger cubs were among the animals documented on the study’s 108 camera traps set up in “336km2 with 13,761 trap nights inside and outside the protected area”.
“These animals are already there. So adaptation is always there with respect to the habitat. We are taking care of the population. To intensify the protection process I may write to NTCA to adopt the area as a tiger reserve,” said Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) of Arunachal Pradesh said while talking to EastMojo.
Arunachal Pradesh has three tiger reserves - Pakke Tiger Reserve, Namdapha and the new one is Kamlang Tiger Reserve.