Tale of the wild

Published: Sunday 15 June 2008

Gobind Sagar Bharadwaj was attacked by a tiger just after his induction into the Indian Forest Service. The wounds took two months to heal. But the episode was an eye-opener for the forest officer. "The tiger could have easily killed me but it didn't as man is not on its menu," he writes in Tracking Tigers in Ranthambhore.

The book advocates monitoring of tigers in Ranthambhore National Park by using photo identification. The analyses in this publication are based on Bharadwaj's sightings--more than 200--and data generated from simple feedback forms distributed to nature guides and wildlife tourists. The book also makes an appeal for a sympathetic understanding of the forest department's work. "Aside from their main job, officers and staff are vested with multifarious responsibilities. Though these special tasks actually need experts in particular areas, they are willingly taken over by forest officers without asking for additional staff," he writes.

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