The All India Tiger Estimation Report, 2014 released in January this year reported a fall in Odisha's big cat population to 28 from 32 in 2010 and 45 in 2006. The dismal figure for the big cat in Odisha has pitted the state government against the Centre. The Odisha government claimed that the state has around 60 tigers and rubbished the tiger census figures prepared by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
"The results were announced in January when the counting exercise in the final phase of the survey was still on in the state. Now, we have sent additional information and photographs about presence of more tigers to NTCA," S.S. Srivastava, principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife), told reporters here.
He said the NTCA had not carried out a survey in most of the divisions of the state when the announcement of the tiger census was made. The conservator of forests claimed that a final figure of tiger presence in the whole state has come out, which is around 60.