April 08, 2020
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Rare Stripes

Rare Stripes
The great striped cat has made a comeback in the fast depleting forests in Mumbai. The discovery of tiger pug marks in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and reports of actual sightings in nearby Tungareshwar has delighted wildlife enthusiasts. The tiger has left its trail in the Nagla area, near the Bassein creek. There’s at least one tiger in the forest, probably a male. The beast was last seen in Mumbai in 1929. Historically, the Mumbai-Thane belt has sheltered the tiger. In the 19th century, the Bombay Gazetteer reported tigers swimming blissfully across the Kurla creek and drinking their fill from Gowalia Tank. But indiscriminate hunting and poaching decimated the tiger population. Says naturalist Sunjoy Monga: "Sudden appearances... shows how disturbed our remaining wildlife is."
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