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More tigers in sunderbans

delhi Updated: Mar 28, 2011 23:26 IST

For a change, India and Bangladesh were on one wavelength saying the Wildlife Institute of India has failed to estimate tiger population in Sunderbans correctly. Sunderbans tiger reserve director Subrato Mukerjee said the tiger population on the Indian side of Sunderbans was much more than 70 as against the West Bengal government's estimate of 150.

"The radio collar and camera trap did not work for months," he said. His Bangladeshi counterpart raised a similar pitch saying that it would mean much lesser tigers in Sunderbans in Bangladesh, where estimate is of 250 tigers. This forced V Jhala, the WII scientist, to explain the methodology but the two were not satisfied.