Census Confirms No Tigers in Tiger Park

This type of tiger is out of stockIt’s almost time to raise our paws and be counted. That’s right, the census is right around the corner, coming to a doghouse near you in the spring of 2010.

I remember the first one I filled out. I identified my breed, my sex and the number of other animals living in the house. That total was four, including my parents. The worst part about the whole process was the loitering census takers in the neighborhood. My voice was hoarse for a week after they left.

This time I just plan on putting down the number of occupants in the house and be done with it. No reason for the government to know anything more about me than they need to. Does it really help them to know there are 10,000 Chow-Retriever Americans living in my immediate area?

I’m for less government, and for more treats.

Seems to me a couple of tigers in India are following in my pawsteps. Turns out they aren’t filling out their census at all. BBC News has the details.

One of India’s main tiger parks – Panna National Park – has admitted it no longer has any tigers.

The park, in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, was part of the country’s efforts to save the famous Royal Bengal Tiger from extinction.

A special census was conducted in the park by a premier wildlife institute, after the forest authorities reported no sightings of the animals for a long time.

This is the second tiger reserve in India, after Sariska in Rajasthan, where numbers have dwindled to zero.

Officials from the wildlife department say there is no “explicable” reason for the falling number of tigers.

But Madhya Pradesh’s forest minister Rajendra Shukla says all the news is not bleak.

“Panna is our only park which has lost on this count,” he says. “Three of state’s reserve forests – Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench – have been adjudged among the best managed tiger reserves in the country.”

The chief conservator, HS Pabla, told the BBC that the report would be submitted some time in August.

He said that tigers from Sanjay National Park “could have strayed to the adjoining area, which is now part of the state of Chattisgarh, created some years ago.”

The authorities have recently transported two female tigers to Panna from another nearby tiger park, and sought permission from the central administration to bring in four more, two of them males.

Maybe the tigers are hiding in the woods and just expressing their Libertarian ways.

Picture courtesy of Simon Leung Photography


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