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India | Officials dispute census showing over 100 villages in core tiger reserves of Karnataka

BENGALURU: Karnataka can boast of the largest number of tigers (406) in the country, but it also holds the dubious distinction of having the most number of forest dwellers in its reserves.

According to data tabled by Union minister of state of forests, environment and climate change Mahesh Sharma, Karnataka has 102 villages within core areas of five tiger reserves in the state. It is followed by Rajasthan (82) and Tamil Nadu (49). The state’s tiger reserves – Bandipur, Bhadra, Dandeli-Anshi, Nagarahole and Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) – face several problems, data showed.

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