BHOPAL: While a Maharashtra tiger is slowly adjusting to solitary confinement at Van Vihar Bhopal for three human kills, the stand-off has deepened between the
governments over translocated tigress ‘
’, who was captured on similar charges.
The Odisha forest department has sent reminders to Madhya Pradesh to “take this tigress back”, but officers here are said to be reluctant. Now, National Tiger Conservation Authority has been asked to decide its fate, saidsources.
Sundari was shifted from MP’s Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (BTR) to Satkosia Tiger Reserve (STR) in Odisha’s Angul district on June 28, 2018, and was released in the wild on July 6. She had been moved to Odisha a week after translocation of MB2 — a male tiger from Kanha.
This pair was part of the country’s first inter-state tiger translocation project. Sundari was captured by Odisha forest officials on November 6, 2018, after it killed two people in the STR core area. MB2 was killed by poachers a week later.
“We have sent our opinion that we won’t be able to take it back. It cannot be re-wilded,” said a wildlife officer in MP. Odisha officials say they are waiting for NTCA’s decision.