The stray tigress of Sawai Madhopur district’s Ranthambhore National Park (RNP) has completed five-year stay in the forests of Kota region.
The tigress, T-35, had strayed into Itawa and Sultanpur forest ranges of Kota district in the second week of January 2010. The wildlife department had made several attempts to catch the stray tigress for shifting it back to RNP, but in vain.
“Stray tigress has led to a sort of environmental balance in the forests of Sultanpur and Itawa ranges, as it has controlled the increasing population of cheetal, wild boars and blue bulls in these forests, which used to harm crops,” said Lalit Singh, deputy conservator of forest, territorial, Kota.
“Stray tigress has also checked illicit forest activities like tree felling for firewood, as people involved in the illicit activities are now afraid of entering the forests due to the fear of T-35,” he added.
Singh said that after several unsuccessful attempts to catch the big cat until a couple of years ago, the forest department has now dropped the idea of shifting her.
VK Salwan, former RNP director, who is now director of Mission Tigerland and Lakes Society of Kota, said that completion of T-35’s five-year stay in the forests of Kota region shows the tigress has found a suitable habitat. He demanded a “tiger corridor” from the confluence point of Kali Sindh River and Chambal River in Kota region to the Gagron region of Jhalawar.