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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Goa may soon get tiger reserve!

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It’s better known for its formula of “sun, sea and sand”, but the state of Goa could soon get its first tiger reserve.
While the small, coastal state may have only one resident tigress – who recently gave birth to cubs – it is located next to forests with larger tiger populations in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The Central government hopes that declaring this area as a protected reserve for the big cat will also stymie the rampant exploitation of mining resources which have had negative environmental impacts.
In a letter to Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Tuesday, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh suggested that the State submit a proposal to have the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in north Goa declared as a tiger reserve.

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