The number of tigers in Madhya Pradesh rose to 785 in 2022 from 526 in 2018, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on July 29 as he greeted the State’s people on International Tiger Day.
As per the report ‘Status of Tigers: Co-predators & Prey in India-2022’, released by the National Tiger Conservation Authority and Wildlife Institute of India, Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of tigers in the country, followed by Karnataka (563) and Uttarakhand (560).
Madhya Pradesh forests added 259 tigers in a span of four years, as per the survey.
“It is a matter of great pleasure that as a result of cooperation of the people of our State and untiring efforts of the Forest Department, the number of tigers in our State has increased to 785 from 526 in four years,” Mr. Chouhan said in a tweet.
Congratulating the people of the State for this success, he further said, “Let us all together take a pledge to conserve nature for future generations on the occasion of International Tiger Day.”
The tiger count in the State was 300 in 2006, but in 2010 the State slipped from its number one position as the tiger population declined to 257 against 300 in Karnataka.
In 2014, Karnataka recorded 406 tigers while M.P. recorded 300 big cats.
But the tiger population in Madhya Pradesh rose thereafter as it reclaimed the top position in 2018 with 526 big cats recorded against 524 in Karnataka.
Madhya Pradesh has six tiger reserves: Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, Pench, Satpura and Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve.