Today, most wild tigers live in small, isolated Protected Areas within human dominated landscapes in the Indian subcontinent.

At a time when poaching has hogged all the limelight, there is report of a young male tiger from Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary nicknamed 'Jai', travelling around 120-130km to reach Paoni range of Umre

The forest department will send fresh proposals to the state government for planning two more tiger reserves to boost the population of big cats in the state.

Maharashtra, which currently has four tiger reserves in Melghat, Pench, Tadoba-Andhari and Sahyadri, is among the few states directed by the NTCA to send proposals for new reserves to ensure a strong breeding population and growth of the big cat.

The State has four major tiger reserves, six national parks and 36 wildlife sanctuaries, which adds up to 15,732 sq km.

MUMBAI: With a spurt in poaching of big cats reported from the protected areas (PAs) of reserves, the state government is set to put in place a series of measures to safeguard the tiger habitats.

Even as Goa government is delaying the submission of its proposal for the declaration of Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary as a Tiger Reserve, Union minister for environment and forests (MoEF) Jayanthi Natarajan has told Rajya Sabha that under section 38V of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 State governments are authorized to notify an area as a tiger reserve on recommendation of the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

Even as Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and his colleague in the government, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, lock horns over environmental clearances to the Navi Mumbai airport and take pot-shots at each other publicly, Patel has found a reason to thank his counterpart.