6 tigers to be transferred from Ranthambore National Park to another reserve

Tiger T 108 aka Jai in Ranthambore , Photo Courtesy Mohan Singh

Six tigers are to be transferred from Ranthambore National Park to Mukundara, Sariska and Ramgarh Wildlife Sanctuaries. 

Due to increase in the number of tigers in Ranthambore National Park, the incidence of tiger attacks on people in the villages bordering the forest is increasing. In Ranthambore, many tigers have lost their lives in the battle of territories. For this reason, six tigers from Ranthambore are to be shifted to Mukundra, Sariska and Ramgarh sanctuaries. The program is currently in its first stage and forest officials say they have started the process to seek permission from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). For this, the NTCA has also given permission to shift six tigers from Ranthambore.

The process of selection of tigers has started in Ranthambore after the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) allowed tigers to move elsewhere from Ranthambore. After being allowed by the NTCA to move six tigers, forest officials are busy selecting tigers. Sources in the forest department say that the process of transferring six tigers to another reserve will begin soon. The officials are busy in selecting the tigers for shifting. According to departmental sources, the process of selection of tigers has been started at Ranthambore at the primary level, but the final decision will be taken later.

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PCCF Rajasthan Arindam Singh Tomar said that "there has been an increase in the tiger population across the country. This is increasing the pressure of tigers in all tiger reserves of India, especially Ranthambore". He said that "NTCA has agreed to our proposal to relocate tigers from Ranthambore. NTCA will examine our proposal and if they find it appropriate, we will complete it quickly."

Due to lack of space in Ranthambore, tigers started attacking humans and they were also getting involved in regional battles with other tigers. Last month, three people have been killed and one injured in a tiger attack in Sawai Madhopur and adjoining districts. Along with this, two tigers died in a mutual battle between tigers in Ranthambore this year. Recently a 10-year-old boy was killed by a tiger T108 aka Jai in Dangarwara village of Ranthambore National Park. His mother was working in the field and the child was sitting near her, when suddenly the tiger attacked him. The mother also got injured in a tiger attack while trying to help her child.

On September 12, a 30-year-old man was killed by a tiger in Semar Bagh village of Karauli district in similar incidents. On September 21, a 50-year-old man was killed in Faria village of Khandar area of ​​Sawai Madhopur and on September 22, Pintu Gurjar of the same village was injured in a tiger attack. There have been several instances of tigers being killed in territorial fights in Ranthambore National Park. In some cases, tigers wandered into villages in the buffer area and killed humans.

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The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve has a total area of ​​1734 km, with a core area of ​​392 km and the remaining area being 1342 sq km of important tiger habitat (CTH) and buffer. Out of the total area of ​​1,734 sq km in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, about 650 sq km is useful for tigers.

According to official figures, Ranthambore has a total of 71 tigers, including 27 males, 24 females and 20 cubs, while according to Tiger Watch, a private organization working on Tiger Conservation, there are a total of 62 tigers in Ranthambore, including 50 adults and 12 cubs. According to wildlife experts a male tiger needs an area of ​​about 25 sq km and a female needs about 15 sq km, which clearly shows that there is a lack of space for tigers.

According to forest officials, in the initial phase, tigers will be sent from Ranthambore to Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve in Kota, Sariska in Alwar and Ramgarh Reserve in Bundi district. As per the plan, two tigers will be relocated to each tiger reserve which includes one male and one female.

Brainstorming on tigers for shifting begins, such tigers will be sent

Brainstorming on tigers for shifting begins, officials engaged in selection of tigers, tigers will be sent to Mukundra, Sariska and Ramgarh. According to information received from the forest department, there are about 15 tigers in Ranthambore, who are unable to make their territory and their variance remains at the border of the forest. In such a situation, these tigers repeatedly visit the human population area. The department intends to shift such tigers from Ranthambore.

Tiger-tigress can be selected from these

Forest officials said that T-97, T-66, T-62, T-99, T-100, T-110, T-79, T-48, T-69, T-96, T-108, T-64, T-74 and many other tiger movements also remain around the boundary of the forest in Ranthambore. Most of these tigers roam close to the population in the areas like Kundera, Khandar, Phalodi etc. Apart from this, tigers T-102, T-107 etc. are also being considered. Significantly, T-102 and 107 were earlier marked by the department to shift Mukundara, but later T-106 was sent to Mukundara.

Tiger T-64 can be relocated to Sariska Tiger Reserve

According to sources, the tigress will not be sent to Sariska at present. Two male tigers will be shifted here. According to sources, an eight-year-old tiger T64 form Ranthambore can be shifted to Sariska Tiger reserve. The offspring of the tigress T-19 (Krishna) T-64 were also marked to be sent to Sariska earlier, but later T-75 was sent to Sariska.

Tiger T-110 can be shifted to Mukandra Hills Tiger Reserve

Similarly, the Tiger T-110 is considered to be the first choice of the forest department for shifting in Mukundra. A pair of tigers will be transferred to the Selzer Range of Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve. Out of this, the tiger may be T-110. The main reason for this is that this tiger is not living in Ranthambore. This tiger is repeatedly moving towards the forests of Sultanpur. In the past, this tiger was also tried to be transferred to Selzer, but later this tiger came back to Ranthambore. Significantly, in the past, permission has been given by NTCA to shift tigers in Selzer.

Tiger will be left with radio collar

Forest officials said a GPS radio collar would be placed around the tiger's neck to be sent from Ranthambore to Mukandra, Ramgarh and Sariska. Radio collars for tigers will be sourced from Germany.

CCF of Ranthambore Tiger Project Manoj Parashar said that "Sariska, Mukandra and Ramgarh have different geographical conditions. In such a situation, tigers of different ages will be sent to these three places. Order from headquarters is awaited."

The expert said

Tapeshwar Singh Bhati, Chairman, Mukundara Wildlife Committee says that the decision of shifting is absolutely correct due to the high number of tigers in Ranthambore. This will reduce the pressure of the tigers in Ranthambore. Bundi's Ramgarh Sanctuary will also be inhabited by tigers. The forest department should also shift young tigers to Ramgarh and other places, so that the tiger clan can grow here too.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2021