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Good news for Tigers from the Sunderbans

The Bengal tiger seems to be doing well in the Sunderbans. For the first time, a data-collection exercise has revealed that the population of the swamp tiger is on the rise even outside the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve (STR), a protected area.

The camera trap data of 2015 -the latest set of numbers thrown up by the yearly exercise -shows the presence of at least 22 tigers in the South 24-Parganas forest division, spread over an area of more than 1,500sq km, outside the 2,500sq km of the protected area. The 2016 exercise is still under way but, going by trends and field reports, the authorities seem confident that the population of the big cat is very much stable.