Madhya Pradesh responds to Odisha SOS: Two tigers to be relocated

Written by way of Sowmiya Ashok
| New Delhi |
Up to date: February 7, 2018 nine:45 am

The 963 squarekm Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha at the moment has simplest two outdated tigers — a male and a feminine, each over the age of 13 (Specific Archive/Prashant Nadkar/Representational)

A tiger reserve in Odisha, getting ready to changing into tiger-less, has controlled to persuade Madhya Pradesh to lend a hand “re-stock” by way of relocating a couple of tigers from Bandhavgarh Nationwide Park. The 963 squarekm Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha at the moment has simplest two outdated tigers — a male and a feminine, each over the age of 13. “They will die anytime as a result of they’re past productive age,” Director Normal of Forests Siddhanta Das stated. “Confidently, by way of this yr, two pairs (of tigers) might be presented there.” For now, just a pair is to be relocated.

Previous, the Odisha executive had written to different states with overpopulated tiger reserves, asking if they might spare among the large cats.

Except Satkosia, the western a part of Rajaji Nationwide Park in Uttarakhand and West Bengal’s Buxa Nationwide Park, “want restocking”, Vaibhav C Mathur, Nationwide Tiger Conservation Authority Assistant Inspector Normal of Forests, stated.

“The Leader Flora and fauna Warden of Madhya Pradesh has agreed to relocate a couple from Bandhavgarh to Satkosia,” Flora and fauna Institute of India scientist Y V Jhala advised The Indian Specific. “There have been plans to relocate tigers from Tadoba Nationwide Park in Maharashtra previous, however the tigers in Bandhavgarh had been closest relating to genetic kind,” he stated.

Mathur stated the NTCA had a typical working process to lead the method of relocation. “Principally, it tells us from which panorama you’ll pick out up tigers. In Satkosia, the habitat is there, the prey is there however there are inadequate tigers. This SOP tells us that we will be able to pick out up tigers from Kanha Nationwide Park, for example, that have a equivalent genetic kind,” he stated.

The continued fourth All India Tiger Estimation, 2018 can even supply additional info to scientists on 4 “genetically distinctive” tiger populations that had been noticed all through the final estimation in 2014. “They had been genetically very other and this estimation, which is finished on a bigger scale, will give us additional info,” Jhala stated.

Those tiger “genetically distinctive” are within the North East (not up to 50 tigers), in southern India within the Palakkad tip (round 200), in Simlipal Nationwide Park in Odisha (not up to 20) and Valmiki Nationwide Park in Bihar (round 100), he stated.

NTCA officers additionally stated that this spherical of estimation might be pushed closely by way of virtual era with over 15,00zero digicam lure places prone to be sampled. The estimation may also be performed thru an Android-based utility known as M-STrIPES (Tracking Machine for Tigers-In depth Coverage and Ecological Standing) for gathering, archiving and analysing knowledge.

WII scientists stated digicam traps may also be arrange within the North East this time. The tiger depend within the 2006 census was once 1411, 1706 in 2010, and 2226 in 2014, officers stated.

The All India estimation is quadrennial. This yr, it’s going to survey throughout 400,00zero squarekm of tiger-bearing forests in 18 states.

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