Tiger ‘van­ishes’ af­ter walk­ing 135-km from Nag­pur to Vi­darbha for­est re­gion

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE -

A three-year-old tiger has dis­ap­peared from the for­est of­fi­cials’ radar since the last five months, af­ter travers­ing a dis­tance of 135 km to a for­est near Am­ra­vati in Vi­darbha.

For­est of­fi­cials say the tiger, called Nawab, which had walked 135 km from the Kat­la­bodi in Nag­pur for­est range to the Pohra-Malkhed for­est, was last sighted in Oc­to­ber.

Am­ra­vati’s chief con­ser­va­tor of forests (ter­ri­to­rial) Praveen Cha­van said Nawab, whose of­fi­cial iden­tity is KKFR-4, mi­grated to Pohra-Malkhed area last year. “Such mi­gra­tion takes place every year, af­ter which these tigers re­turn (to the for­est they had come from),” the for­est of­fi­cial said.

In a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent, a tiger from the Bor tiger re­serve had mi­grated to Pohra-Malkhed for­est, which has a good prey base, and had gone back, he said.

“We were mon­i­tor­ing Nawab’s move­ments till Oc­to­ber last year through cam­era traps. It was also the month the tiger was last sighted,” Cha­van said.

Nawab had no ra­dio col­lar, he said. A ra­dio col­lar is a wide band of ma­chine-belt­ing fit­ted with a small ra­dio trans­mit­ter and bat­tery, with the trans­mit­ter emit­ting a sig­nal at a spe­cific fre­quency that can be tracked.

“We have asked for­est per­son­nel in ad­join­ing for­est ranges to find out which way or area Nawab may have used to re­turn,” he said.

An NGO has writ­ten to for­est of­fi­cials over the ‘dis­ap­pear­ance’ of Nawab, adding the tiger might have been elec­tro­cuted or poached, the of­fi­cial said.

In July 2016, a tiger called Jai (named af­ter Amitabh Bachchan’s char­ac­ter in the film ‘Sho­lay’) had van­ished from a wildlife sanc­tu­ary in Vi­darbha re­gion.

The tiger, called Nawab, which had walked from Kat­la­bodi in Nag­pur for­est range to PohraMalkhed for­est, was last sighted in Oc­to­ber

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