Wildlife dept shortlists 9 tigers of Ranthambhore, 3 to be shifted to Mukundra
National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has granted approval to the Rajasthan wildlife department for the relocationjaipur Updated: Sep 09, 2017 21:12 IST
Wildlife department has shortlisted nine tigers of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve (RTR) in Rajasthan of which three will be finally relocated via the road to the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) of Hadauti region by the year end. Chief wildlife warden of Rajasthan, GV Reddy said this on the last day of his three days long visit to Kota to supervise the preparations of the wildlife department for relocating the striped cats.
National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), on September 1, has granted approval to the wildlife department of Rajasthan for the relocation. GV Reddy said, “Although only three tigers will be relocated from RTR to MHTR, the wildlife department has so far identified nine tigers, including five males and four females, out of which only one male and two females will be translocated this year.”
There is a procedure for shortlisting the tigers based on sex, age and dispersion. Reddy said that only those tigers have been shortlisted that have left their territory in RTR for the periphery or have moved towards the nearby villages. “Since it takes around three hours to travel from RTR to MHTR via road, this route will be taken for the relocation. The consciousness of the tigers need to be restored after a certain period of time after tranquilising and so veterinary doctors will be consulted during the travel,” said Reddy.
A total of 18 teams of wildlife department would remain deployed for the safety and security of the relocated tigers at MHTR. An enclosure for the tigers will be created across two hectares of area in Seljar region of MHTR where they will be kept before release in the wild.
About the relocation of the villagers and villages from the MHTR, he said that relocation of the villagers will be voluntary.
Reddy met the wildlife lovers including the former minister, Bharat Singh during his Kota visit where they raised their issues pertaining to the translocation. He said that an eight feet wall will be constructed along the railway tracks passing through MHTR for the safety of the tigers.
MHTR is Rajasthan’s third tiger reserve after RTR of Sawai Madhopur and Sariska Tiger Reserve of Alwar. It was announced to cater spillover population of RTR which presently boasts of over 65 striped cats.