An increase in the forest density and the big cat prey base, especially deer, had attracted a Royal Bengal tiger, a first such sighting in 23 years, to the Buxa Tiger reserve.
They believed that a favourable habitat at the tiger reserve would invite more tigers, which had migrated to neighbouring Bhutan. The state shares a contiguous range of the protected area with Bhutan.
The forest department shared a camera trap picture of the tiger spotted at the East Damanpur range of the tiger reserve.
Buxa Tiger Reserve lies in Alipurduar district of West Bengal.
Its northern boundary runs along the international border with Bhutan. The Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary of Bhutan is contiguous to the north of BTR.
The Sinchula hill range lies all along the northern side of BTR and the eastern boundary touches that of the Assam state.
Manas National Park lies on east of BTR. BTR, thus, serves as international corridor for Asian elephant migration between India and Bhutan.
National Highway No.31 C roughly runs along its southern boundary.
It is the easternmost extension of extreme bio-diverse North-East India and represents highly endemic Indo-Malayan region. The fragile “Terai Eco-System” constitutes a part of this reserve.