Disappearance of tigers from Ranthambhore has highlighted the lax attitude of forest department in saving the national animal. What is interesting here is the fact that though the department pats it back always when it comes to tiger conservation, on grass-roots level the situation has deteriorated over the past some years as the department keeps hiding its own faults. This was the prime reason why tigers were wiped out of Sariska and now tigers are missing from Ranthambhore as well.
Over the years the department purchased over one hundred trap cameras and related equipment costing well over Rs 30 lakh, to be deployed at Ranthambhore. However, sources suggest that the installed trap cameras were removed from the areas. Now the department has again deployed the trap cameras to find the missing tigress (T-17). My Question is why were they removed????
The forest department has not even declared the wildlife census results from last few years also which again raises questions as to what is the need to hide the results. NTCA we need answer serious answers.