Aizawl: After a long gap of 7 years, a tiger was spotted in Dampa Tiger Reserve Sanctuary in Mizoram. Last time, it was seen in 2014 in the area, as no tiger was found in the last 7 years at Dampa Tiger Reserve. It has also reported in the Tiger Census held in 2018.
C. Lalbiaka, Forest officer, Field Director at Dampa Tiger Reserve Sanctuary, confirmed the news of the tiger in the state after a long period of disappearance. Similarly, Zakhuma Don, the wildlife enthusiast, and forest guard, has laid the camera trap in February, this year, inside the reserve forest to see if there are any tigers.
He checked the camera on May 16 after a gap of 3 months, and surprisingly, he found a picture of a tiger hidden behind a bush. He immediately sent the picture to the authorities concerned.
On the same day, Dr Lallianpuii Kawlni and her team, the wildlife experts from Wildlife Institute of India (WWI), said that the picture taken by Don was actually a tiger. In November 2020, Lalkulhpuia, a forest guard in the same reserve forest, spotted footprints of a tiger. Even though a camera trap was set up, no picture of tiger was captured, and later, the camera was uninstalled.
Indian Forest Service (IFS) Parveen Kaswan, took to Twitter and posted a picture of Zakhuma Don. He tweeted, "Such a great news. Dampa Tiger Reserve captures a tiger after 2014. And this forest guard is so happy."
In 1994, Dampa Tiger Reserve was declared a Tiger Reserve. It is situated in the western part of Mizoram, bordering Bangladesh. The last time a tiger was believed to have been present in Mizoram was in 2014. The recent spotting of tiger in the state has bought surprise to the wildlife authorities.