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Gaurs may be shifted from Kanha Reserve to Bandhavgarh Park

bhopal Updated: Oct 17, 2010 16:20 IST

After successful translocation of a tiger and two tigresses to Panna, 20-25 Gaurs (Indian Bisons) is likely to be shifted from Kanha Tiger Reserve to Bandhavgarh National Park in January.

"Most probably, the Gaurs will be translocated from Kanha to Bandhavgarh in January," Bandhavgarh Field Director C K Patil said on Sunday.

Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Conservation Corporation of Africa, state Forest Department will be involved in the exercise of bringing the Gaurs from Kanha to Bandhavgarh - both situated in eastern Madhya Pradesh, he said.

January is the best time to shift the Gaurs, which usually descend from the hills during this period and enter the wild, he said.

During rainy season, the Gaurs climb the hills, he added.

Bandhavgarh has become devoid of the Gaur population after 1995 when a Gaur was spotted in the park, Patil said.

Before 1995, 30 to 35 Gaurs were spotted in the Bandhavgarh, the field director said adding that it appears that they used to descend from nearby hills and come down to the park.

"I think that the Gaurs transit route to and fro to Bandhavgarh has been disturbed due to Sanjay Gandhi Thermal Power Station which has come up in Birsinghpur," he added.