Sharmili Mallick

Angul: A four-member team of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is currently monitoring the movement and behaviour of tigress ‘Sundari’ in Satkosia Tiger reserve, informed Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Sudarshan Panda today.

He further stated that the tigress would be tranquilised and relocated to the core area of the Reserve if it continues to remain violent and found moving towards human settlement.

“The WII researchers have kept a strict vigil on the movement of the animal. Forest officials of Satkosia, Athamalik including the Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) are also in the field to keep a track on the movement of Sundari,” informed Panda.

“After reviewing the behaviour, the tigress will be shifted to the core area of Satkosia, if the WII researchers advice so.”

Moreover, sources have claimed that Sundari is gradually adapting to the ecology and condition of the forest.

On Tuesday, tension erupted in Lehedi village under Athmallik forest division of Angul district after the tigress allegedly killed a cow.

It is also being alleged that Sundari had killed a woman at Hatibari village under Tikarpada Forest Range on September 13.