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The Western Ghat landscape of Kerala has 190 tigers, up from 46 in 2006. This has been revealed in the tiger census conducted last year, the results of which were released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday, reported Deccan Chronicle.

The state which had only 46 tigers in its forests in 2006, reported a steep increase in population of the terribly beautiful feline during the ensuing years. The number rose to 71 in 2010 and 136 in 2014. As per the survey conducted by the Forest Department under the Tiger Monitoring Programme, the state had 176 tigers in 2016, reported Indian Express.

The tiger population in the state may have found a safe place in the forests of Wayanad wildlife sanctuary, as it has been reported that the sanctuary houses around 80 of the total tiger population in the state at the moment. BN Anjan Kumar, the Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) was quoted by TNIE to have said that, “The tiger population in Wayanad has been thriving thanks to our conservation efforts. Apart from anti poaching drive, we have introduced a habitat management initiative, where invasive plant species are weeded out, reported The News Minute.

“The tiger population in Wayanad has been thriving thanks to our conservation efforts. Apart from anti poaching drive, we have introduced a habitat management initiative, where invasive plant species are weeded out. Steps are being taken for voluntary relocation of people living in the forest area. Check-dams have been built to ensure availability of water in the deep forests,” Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) B N Anjan Kumar told Indian Express.

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