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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wildlife experts visit Katarniaghat sanctuary

TNN | Nov 30, 2011, 08.39AM IST BAHRAICH: A team of wildlife experts from London reached Katarniaghat to examine the status of tigers at Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary. The team members said that the number of tigers is dwindling due to the man-animal conflict. However, the big cats can be conserved by educating the villagers. The expert Phil Davis of the organisation tiger awareness said that he has reached here following his visits in national parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Dudhwa national park. He added that danger of extinction is looming large over the Indian tigers due to the man-animal conflict. Davis said that after studying Katarniaghat, he will handover the report to his office and thereafter the organisation would contact the Indian forest ministry and run the operation in national parks and the villages adjoining the reserved forest areas for the awareness of villagers in order to conserve the tigers. Davis added that the number of tigers in Indian forest is about 1000, which is a matter of serious concern. The tigers can be conserved after educating the forest villagers. The tigers are important for the forest and the villagers have to understand this.