Tiger translocation project not to be shelved: NTCA

Angul: The tiger translocation project will not be shelved as it has been kept in abeyance for the time being, said National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) IG Amit Mallick today.

“The tiger translocation has not been shelved. It has only been kept in abeyance. The reason behind the death of tiger Mahavir can only be ascertained after receiving the post-mortem report,” said Mallick.

Earlier on Thursday, the NTCA had put the inter-state tiger translocation project on hold a day after the body of three year old male tiger was recovered at Satkosia Tiger Reserve area in Angul district. Under the project, six tigers were supposed to be brought to Odisha from Madhya Pradesh.

A statement released by the field director of Satkosia Tiger Reserve (STR) said that the post mortem report of the tiger indicated that the death occurred due to infected antemortem maggoted wound followed by multi organ failure.

However, the NTCA team has denied involvement of poachers in the death of tiger Mahavir.
“We will study the post-mortem report and then consider take action in this regard,” WII expert K Ramesh said.

Meanwhile, the NTCA team visited the mortality site of the first tiger and interacted with nearby villagers. They even discussed the situation with field staff and the monitoring team.

“The WII researchers stated that death of first tiger was unfortunate and they ruled out the possibility of poaching. All the SOP of NTCA has been followed in Satkosia as per their statement before the media at Bhubaneswar. The project will continue after detail discussion with State Forest department, WII and NTCA.,” stated a released issued by Satkoisa Tiger Reserve.

Tigress Sundari is inside the holding area at Raigoda and having normal health conditions. As per their version the health of the tigress is alright. Decision on her would be taken up after due examination of all records and deliberations with all the stakeholders involved,” the release added.