Tiger re-introduction plan at Nauradehi to get success

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Jun 2018 10:32:42


Tiger pair spotted together

Staff Reporter

The young tiger pair at Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary is roaming together in the area, giving sigh of relief to the monitoring authorities of Madhya Pradesh Forest Department regarding tiger-introduction plan. Earlier, officials were suspecting that there might be territorial fight between the two big cats but they took sigh of relief when the pair started living together in the area. The two (male and female) tigers have been set free in the area under tiger introduction plan. According to forest officials, on June 21, both big cats were spotted in the same range and area through camera surveillance. The monitoring team is keeping an eye on the pair of big cats and on every observation they are being sighted together.

As per reports of Forest Department, tigress Radha was set free in wild on June 12, after keeping in an enclosure for 52 days. The tigress was set free to form her circle area and contribute for the population of big cats in the sanctuary. Team of experts from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve had already radio collared the tigress. Forest officials said that they had planned to release the tigress in open by May end but due to strike of employees it got delayed. The 2.5-year-old tigress was brought to Nauradehi from Kanha Tiger Reserve on April 18.The enclosure was prepared in about 3 acres of land and from time to time calf, hen, deer, goat were also released in her enclosure so that tigress can hunt them.

In addition to this, four-years-old male tiger ‘Kishan’ was released in Nauradehi jungle was not giving his location for ten days. His collar id was also beyond the range area. However, officials have finally tracked his location at Maharajapur jungles. The tiger had earlier (May) kept forest officials on toes after breaking the enclosure and ran away within 24 hours of shifting. To radio collar the tiger and tracking location, team of experts from Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve arrived at Nauradehi. The tiger was shifted at Nauradehi enclosure just four days back but he broke the enclosure and ran away. Three elephants were assigned to track the tiger and drive off him inside the enclosure. However, forest officials denied any tension and said that the tiger was present inside reserve.

MP Wildlife and Forest Department has launched the tiger reintroduction plan at State’s largest wildlife sanctuary Nauradehi on April 18. The project is inspired with successful tiger reintroduction plan of Panna Tiger Reserve. Earlier, there was no tiger at Nauradehi. Officials said after translocation of a few tigers from these areas to Nauradehi, territorial fight and man-animal conflict cases will be declined. The project is being co-ordinated by all forest reserve officials. To make this campaign successful a team of trained staff has been sent from Panna Tiger Reserve and group of elephants from Satpura Tiger Reserve. Subharanjan Sen, Field Director Pench Tiger Reserve, and Dr Akhilesh Mishra are taking help from Kanha Tiger Reserve and team to make the reintroduction plan successful. Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary is covering about 1,197 square km of area and it is the largest wildlife sanctuary of Madhya Pradesh in India. The sanctuary located in the centre of State covering parts of Sagar, Damoh, Narsinghpur and Raisen districts. It is about 90 km from Jabalpur and about 56 km from Sagar. Forest Department has also proposal to reintroduce cheetah in the area as it has potential site for the same. The current prey density of the area supports about 25 cheetahs at Nauradehi. There are proposals to relocate about 23 villages for reintroducing cheetah in the area.