Decks have been cleared for the translocation of a tiger into the Panna Tiger Reserve, with the Centre permitting the Madhya Pradesh Forest officials to go ahead with its plan to shift a big cat into this sanctuary to revive the wild cat population.
"We got permission to translocate the tiger from the Centre yesterday," Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) HS Pabla told PTI on Friday.
"We are going to shift the big cat either from Bandhavgarh or Kanha as both have a good number of tiger population," he said.
The PCCF said that the translocation will be done in accordance with the Centre's guidelines adding that a Wildlife Institute of India (WII) biologist will be present during the shifting process of big cat.
Pabla said that the translocation will be carried out as soon as possible, adding that field directors of Bandhavgarh and Kanha are going to be contacted soon in this regard.
In March, two tigresses from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and Kanha Tiger Reserve, had been translocated to Panna, spread over 542 sq km in Panna and Chhatarpur districts in East Madhya Pradesh, where the big tiger population had become zero following poaching, according to a Special Investigation Team of National Tiger Conservation Authority recent report.