New tigers for Satkosia only after weather improves

Bhubaneswar: The Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Angul will receive six tigers from Madhya Pradesh once there is an improvement in the weather conditions, Chief Wildlife Warden, Sandeep Tripathy informed today.

Speaking to media, Tripathy said six tigers aged below 3 years have already been identified at the Kanha National Tiger Reserve in the neighbouring State. Special arrangements have been made for relocation of the big cats to Satkosia Tiger Reserve, he added.

“The tigers are now under observation at Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The cubs will be brought in a special vehicle equipped with fans and water sprinklers,” Tripathy said.

The Government has planned to relocate a male tiger cub in first phase while the rest five will be brought in the subsequent phase. The human habitation in the core area of Satkosia has already been evacuated in view of the relocation. Besides, construction work of a special netted enclosure has already been completed, Tripathy said.

The relocation is a part of State government’s efforts to revive tiger population in the protected forest. Currently, the 963 sq-km reserve has two tigers, both over the age of 13, sources said.

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