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06 November 2018


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Bhubaneswar: Tigress Sundari was relocated to Odisha’s Satkosia Tiger Reserve in June this year under the country's first inter-state tiger translocation project.

While, what went wrong in this ambitious project is being ascertained, the State's forest department had to launch a tedious mission to tranquilise and shift the tigress to a safe habitat in Raiguda soft enclosure of Satkosia.

Sundari has been accused of killing two persons and injuring a youth in the area where she was set free after acclimatisation in Satkosia. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Odisha Sandeep Tripathy said that the tranquilisation programme was successful with four teams pressed into action.

One of the team was from Madhya Pradesh and another from Simlipal’s Wildlife Trust of India unit. "The teams had laid bait and the tigress was darted in between Hatibari and Beherasahi area at around 10:45 am. She was shifted to the Raiguda enclosure and her health parametres are normal," the PCCF said.

The decision on whether Sundari will be shifted back to Madhya Pradesh or Nandan Kanan zoo in Bhubaneswar will be taken by the Wildlife Instittue of India (WII), added Tripathy.

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Sandeep Tripathy, PCCF (Wildlife), Odisha