NTCA gives nod to translo­cate tiger from Ran­tham­bore to Sariska

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Sachin Saini sachin.saini@hindustantimes.com

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

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