Tigress Sundari moves into core area of Satkosia Reserve

Bhubaneswar: After much hue and cry due to movement of tigress Sundari in areas near the outer periphery of Satkosia Tiger Reserve and death of a woman and few animals after allegedly being attacked by the tigress, Additional PCCF Sudarsan Panda today informed that the big cat has been chased away into the core area of the forest.

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Panda informed that despite formation of teams and preparedness for relocation of the tigress with assistance of aids like tranquilizer and trap, the big cat moved into the core area of the jungle by itself.

Panda further stated that the tigress is moving nearby the male tiger, which was relocated to Satkosia from Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh few months earlier.

Earlier, four teams of the officials of Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Satkosia Forest Department, Kanha Tiger Reserve and Nandankanan Zoological Park were deployed to monitor the movement of Sundari and relocate her to deep jungle after its presence triggered panic in several villages near the vicinity of the tiger reserve.

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

Few days later, tension also erupted in Lehedi village under Athmallik forest division of Angul district after the tigress allegedly killed a cow.