Sundari was delivered to Satkosia tiger reserve of Angul district in June 2018 from Bandhavgarh tiger reserve of Madhya Pradesh underneath nation’s first interstate relocation train for tigers.
By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 08:31 AM IST
The much-vaunted inter-state tiger translocation drive resulted in a whimper after Sundari, the four-and-half year-old tigress relocated from Madhya Pradesh in 2018 to Satkoisa tiger reserve in Odisha’s Angul district was despatched again to the Kanha reserve in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday night.
Angul Regional Chief Conservator of Forest Pradeep Raj Karat mentioned the 160-kg tigress was tranquilised after a number of makes an attempt to place it in a cage resulted in failure. “After a tranquilising shot was given to the tigress, she took quarter-hour to lose consciousness. The forest personnel then introduced her right into a cage,” mentioned Karat. The RCCF mentioned.
The tigress was then loaded in a particular car introduced in by a crew from Kanha Nationwide Park. The tigress would attain Ghorela rewilding centre of Kanha Nationwide park on Wednesday afternoon.
In June 2018, Sundari was delivered to Satkosia tiger reserve of Angul district from Bandhavgarh tiger reserve of Madhya Pradesh underneath nation’s first interstate relocation train for tigers. Mahabir, one other tiger from Madhya Pradesh which was introduced in the identical month as a part of state authorities’s plan to repopulate Satkosia tiger reserve, died a couple of months later after being caught in steel snares laid by poachers. Sundari too was shifted to a particular enclosure in Satkosia tiger reserve after it killed a 45-year-old girl and a 65-year-old man residing contained in the reserve in September 2018, triggering violence by locals who burnt the forest division’s boats and beat home.
The ₹19-crore bold tiger relocation train conceived by the Union ministry of atmosphere and forests, Nationwide Tiger Conservation Authority and Wildlife Institute of India was began in June 2018 underneath the challenge of “augmentation and restoration of tiger inhabitants in Satkosia tiger reserve”. Six tigers (three pairs) from totally different reserves of Madhya Pradesh have been to be despatched to Odisha underneath the challenge. The NTCA spent ₹8 crore for translocation of Sundari and Mahabir.
Nonetheless, after the demise of Mahabir and captivity of Sundari, the Nationwide Tiger Conservation Authority in December 2019 had requested Odisha authorities to ship again Sundari from Satkosia accusing the Odisha forest and wildlife division of creating a multitude out of the monitoring and administration of the relocated tigress. NTCA mentioned Sundari was not monitored and managed as per the usual working process set by it.
Expressing dismay over the shortage of preparation for the reintroduction of tigers in Satkosia reserve, the NTCA mentioned the Odisha forest and wildlife division couldn’t take steps for prey augmentation, creation of inviolate house, ecodevelopment, capability constructing of workers and enhancement of safety despite availability of ample funds and technical assist.