India, Nov. 19 -- Though the area under tiger habitat did not increase in Karnataka's Malenad region between 1970 and 2015, the number of tigers rose from 70 to 391 there due to strong law enforcement, interventions by non-government organisations, and voluntary relocation of people from wildlife reserves, according to a paper published in Elsevier's Journal of Biological Conservation on November 16.

The paper said the Malenad landscape, which includes 14 protected areas including Bandipur, Nagarhole, Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT), and Anshi-Dandeli wildlife sanctuaries, has a potential tiger habitat of 21,000 km. The area can potentially support 1300 tigers.

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