A day after protesters, led by some local BJP leaders, stalled its relocation plan, the forest department on Monday managed to shift a tigress from the Kanha national park to the Panna tiger reserve.
The tigress was tranquilised at around 9.30 am in the forest area that borders the core and buffer region of Kanha near the villages of Indri and Jhelup. The big cat, weighing around 130 kg and aged between three-four years, was radio-collared and flown 350km away to Panna in an Indian Air Force chopper.
Deputy Director, Kanha National Park, A.K. Nagar denied reports that the tigress was pregnant, but added, “even if she is pregnant, it is better from conservation point of view.”
The tigress would be kept in a special enclosure at Bargadi to acclimatise her to the new environment before releasing her in the reserve.
Another tigress, brought from Bandhavgarh national park, has been released in the wild in Panna. The animals had to be shifted to Panna to improve tiger population in the park that has fallen drastically over the last four years.
On Sunday, some politicians, locals and tour operators had protested the translocation, saying Panna was not safe for the big cat. A petition challenging the translocation move has been filed in the Madhya Pradesh High Court.