“This is because forests in Bangladesh have undergone degradation while the prey base in Dampa has increased due to better conservation,” Mizoram’s chief wildlife warden Laltlanhlua said.
But while the tigers have taken a liking to Dampa, websites mapping protected areas for wildlife packages have virtually taken the tiger reserve out of Mizoram.
One such site, www.wildlifetrips.in, has positioned Dampa only 4km from nearest railway station Dudhwa in UP. The ‘place’ is easily accessible from nearest airport Lucknow and enjoys regular public and private sector buses from New Delhi. Dampa also offers accommodation in huts of Tharu — a north Indian tribe living near jungles — people, according to the site and others.