TIGER census will now be done by shoot- ing the cats - with a camera, of course! Earlier, pug marks counting was the only method. "Camera trapping", as ,he new method is known, lalls for the

"RANTHAMBORE is like a leper's pock mark on this district," says a senior citizen of Sawai Madhopur, the town near which this important national park is located. The comment sums up the disdain in

Accurate tiger census methodology assumes significance in the context of the recent controversy over the declining number of tigers in the Indian sub continent. And counting pugs is the easiest and cheapest method of tiger census.