NTCA gives nod to translocate tiger from Ranthambore to Sariska
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has given its nod to the state forest department’s proposal to relocate one tiger to the Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR). The relocation programme aims at increasing the tiger population in Sariska.
Chief conservator of forest and field director Sariska Tiger Project (Alwar) Govind Sagar Bharadwaj said that a few months ago the state forest department had sent a proposal to NTCA for shifting one tiger, which has been approved this month.
Twelve years ago, poachers had wiped out the big cats from Sariska. Now, a total of 14 tigers is there at the national park, which has an overall area of about 800 square km and a core area of approximately 500 square km. Eight tigers were translocated to Sariska from Sawai Madhopur Reserve (RTR) between 2008 and 2012. One was poisoned in 2010 and some of the big cats (ST-2, ST-9 and ST-10) gave birth to seven cubs between 2012 and 2017.
“To supplement the existing population in Sariska, the proposal was sent to NTCA. An approval from Union ministry of environment and forest is still awaited. Thereafter, a tiger (male) would be relocated,” he said. In STR, the tiger population is less, while at RTR they are in surplus. So there is less space for the big cats to move around in RTR and if they move out then there are chances of conflict in absence of prey base, said Bharadwaj.
TWELVE YEARS AGO, POACHERS HAD WIPED OUT TIGERS FROM SARISKA. NOW, 14 TIGERS ARE THERE