Mohsin Mulla. KOLHAPUR
At a time when tigers are rapidly dis-
appearing from the Indian subconti-
nent, there is much excitement at the
newly-created Sahyadri Tiger Reserve
where the first-ever evidence of a tiger
has been captured in a “camera trap”.
This photographic evidence has
come from a camera trap in a forest
adjoining the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve
which was created in January 2010.
The fourth tiger reserve in Maha-
rashtra, the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve
encompasses the Koyna Wildlife Sanc-
tuary and Chandoli National Park and
is spread over the districts of Ratna-
gri, Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur. A 55
km forest corridor separates the Rad-
hanagari Wildlife Sanctuary in Kolha-
pur from the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve.
According to the chief conservator
of forest (wildlife) MK Rao, the de-
partment has installed two camera
traps in the forest adjoining the
Sahyadri Tiger Reserve where the
photo of the tiger has been captured.
Operational trials of these two cam-
eras were on and additional 40 camera
traps will be installed in different ar-
eas of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve.
Rao said the sighting of the tiger
and other wild animals is very diffi-
cult in this reserve considering that
the forest is extremely dense. “One
cannot see beyond 10 meters in these
forests,” he said.
Last year, the wildlife census based
on pugmarks showed nine tigers in
the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve and Rad-
hanagari Wildlife Sanctuary.
Rao spoke on Friday while inaugu-
rating a wildlife photographs exhibi-
tion arranged in Kolhapur by the
Bombay Natural History Society
(BNHS) and the forest department
(wildlife). The state wildlife advisory
board’s member Gopal Bodhe and the
BNHS’s tiger cell education officer
Sanjay Karkare were amongst those
who attended the inaugural session.
The exhibition includes photo-
graphs from the tiger reserves at
Pench, Tadoba-Andhari and Melghat.
Discovering the droppings of
chousingha (four horned ante-
lope) at various locations in the
reserve is considered as another
significant development in