MP set to regain ‘Tiger State’ status

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 May 2018 10:44:02


Staff Reporter

Madhya Pradesh is all set to regain the status of ‘Tiger State’ with the increasing population of tigers in the state. It is the outcome of continuous efforts that a continuous rise has been registered in tigers’ population. Besides this, the state is also ensuring its contribution in increasing population in the country and it will provide three couples of tigers at Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary in Odissa.The situation also leads to increasing number of territorial conflicts between tigers. The state took new initiatives of tigers’ translocation to new habitats. The state already set an example in the world with its successful tigers’ rehabilitation project at Panna Tiger Reserve. Now the reserve has population of 30-tigers.

Another rehabilitation project has been recently started at Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary with translocation of a female and male tiger. Forest Minister, Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar visited Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary to monitor tigers’ rehabilitation project. Situated 140-kilometres from Jabalpur Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary cover 1,197-square kilometers in Damoh, Sagar and Narsinghpur districts and perfect for tigers’ rehabilitation.The dense forest area of Nauradehi is catchment area of Ganga and Narmada rivers and has no dearth of water. The project has been initiated on the basis of Panna Tiger Reserve. On April 18, translocation of a 2.6-year-oldfemale tiger from Kanha was successfully carried out before releasing a 5-year-old male tiger from Bandhavgarh. Combine teams of forest personnel from Nauradehi and Bandhavgarh worked on war footings in developing suitable habitat for tigers and established two separate natural enclosures. These two big cats have been given names as N-1 and N-2.

Translocation of tigers brought a ray of hope amongst residents of adjoining areas who named them as Radha–Kishan.Divisional Forest Officer, Ramesh Chand Vishwakarma informed that the tigress was awkward for two days after its translocation but now started preying in the protected area. A dedicated team of forest personnel are round the clock monitoring the activities of tigress. The tiger weighing around 200-kilograms managed to break its enclosure and developed a new habitat in a natural cave situated at 2.5 kilometres from the enclosure near a nullah. Special team of forest department is closely monitoring the activities of tiger to take further action of bring it in enclosure or not. Forest dwellers in the sanctuary are also extending their support in translocation of tigers. It may be noted that there were around 69 villages and 10 villages were rehabilitated after giving compensation to dwellers. Process is underway to rehabilitate seven remaining villagers including 4 in Sagar and 3 in Narsinghpur. In order to develop wildlife activities at Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary, seven consignments of around 125 Cheetals have been shifted from Pench National Park.