‘Bajirao’ tiger consigned to flames

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Dec 2017 10:18:32

Special Correspondent,

Mortal remains of BTR T2 dominant tiger ‘Bajirao’, who died in a hit-and-run mishap near Bazargaon last evening, were consigned to flames at the backside of Transit Treatment Centre on Saturday. The forest officers matched stripe pattern of 8-year-old ‘Bajirao’ and confirmed the same tiger.

A team of doctors including Shirish Upadhyaya, Chetan Patond, Prashant Sonkusare, B M Dhoot, Manjusha Pundalik and Dr Bahar Bawiskar performed post-mortem at the centre in the morning. Sanjeev Gaur, Chief Conservator of Forest (Territory), Nagpur, visited the centre in the morning. Later, the carcass of the tiger was burnt in presence of G Mallikarjuna, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Aditya Joshi, Representative of National Tiger Conservation Authority, Kundan Hate, Honorary Wildlife Warden and Representative of Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), S N Kshirsagar, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Nilesh Gawande, Nimbalkar, both Range Forest Officers, Udayan Patil and field staff members.

The death of ‘Bajirao’ has given a setback to tiger population and conservation. This famous tiger sired over 17 cubs from Katlabodi (Mastani), Katrina and Shivani tigresses. He used to go to Bor Tiger Reserve for Katrina and come back to Kalmeshwar to live with Katlabodi (Mastani) and Shivani tigresses.

Sources said, the tiger population is increasing in Vidarbha while sub-adult tigers/tigresses dispersing through corridors to demarcate territories. National Highways prove to be a hurdle in their routes and such unfortunate incidents occur, killing precious tigers, leopards, sloth-bears, spotted deer and other wild animals. It is high time that the government takes care to ensure execution of mitigation measures such as overbridges, underpasses and others at different highways on the lines of Nagpur-Jabalpur National Highway No: 7. The works of widening different roads in Vidarbha are in progress and if such measures are taken up then it would prove to be beneficial to wildlife.

There is a good network of corridors connecting Umrer-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, Pench, Bor, Tadoba-Andhari, Navegaon-Nagzira and Melghat Tiger Reserves and such measures will provide security to the wildlife in transit. The sources wanted that the authorities concerned taking up the work of Samruddhi Mahamarg should chalk out a plan at the beginning for safety of the travelling animals.