22 October 2019
Angul: A three-member team of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) arrived here in Angul today to review the Satkosia Tiger Reserve (STR) in Angul district.
The NTCA team comprising of assistant inspector general (AIG) Hemant Kumar Kamodi, NTCA deputy director VK Sharma and former field director of Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh Khageswar Nayak after holding a meeting with regional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) and other local Forest department officials will go on a field trip to STR in the afternoon today, sources in the local Forest department said.
The fate of the big cat reintroduction programme in Satkosia has been hanging in balance following resistance from locals residing in the fringe areas of the Tiger Reserve
Roaming of the two translocated tigers - Mahavir and Sundari - close to human habitations led to a serious conflict between the villagers and forest officials last year.
Locals living in nearby villages fiercely opposed the relocation of the big cats in the Satkosia forest from Madhya Pradesh.
Panic also gripped villagers with Sundari allegedly killing two persons.
Since then Sundari has been brought back to the enclosure at Raigoda where she had been kept after being brought from Bandhavgarh.
The other tiger Mahavir’s carcass was found on November 15.
Postmortem report stated that Mahavir’s death occurred due to septicemia caused by an infection in a maggot-infested wound on its neck. The NTCA had opined that the tiger carried the injury after being trapped in a snare set up for wild pigs in the area.