MP Govt decides to allow translocation of 6 tigers to Odisha
The state government’s decision came on Friday evening after chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s nod. Earlier, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)’s technical committee gave its consent in principle to relocate the tigersbhopal Updated: Feb 11, 2018 18:00 IST
Madhya Pradesh government has decided to allow translocation of its three pairs of tigers to Odisha.
The state government’s decision came on Friday evening after chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s nod. Earlier, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)’s technical committee gave its consent in principle to relocate the tigers. This will be first inter-state translocation of tigers in the country once it takes place, said forest department officials here.
Principal chief conservation of forest, Wildlife, Jitendra Agrawal said now with the state government taking its decision decks were cleared for the translocation from Madhya Pradesh to Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha.
“The first pair of tigers- a male and a female- is expected to be relocated in March or April. Odisha’s chief wildlife warden is expected to visit Madhya Pradesh in the first week of March. I will be visiting Odisha in the third week of March”, said Agrawal.
The PCCF Wildlife, Madhya Pradesh, said Satkosia had just two tigers left now and they had crossed the breeding age. Once they were dead there would no tiger left in the tiger reserve. That’s why Wildlife Institute of India (WII) had chalked out a long term plan for the Reserve.
He said during a genetic analysis of existing tigers WII found that the genetic make-up of the tigers in Satkosia was similar to that of Madhya Pradesh tigers as compared to genetic make-up of tigers of even other parts of Odisha, hence the plan to translocate MP’s tigers to Odisha.
The entire translocation will take place under the supervision of WII. Once the first pair is settled well over there then there would be the process to shift the next pair, said the PCCF.
Though the decision is yet to be taken as to from which part of the state the tigers will be relocated to Odisha, as per the forest department officials most probably the tigers would be shifted from Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench.
“Only such tigers will be sent which are not overage and are mainly two to two-and-a-half-year old. We will select such tigers for translocation which are looking for their own territories having been separated from or discarded by their mothers and are in a conflict area”, said a department official.