Odisha: Tigress Sundari To Be Shifted To Kanha Reserve For Rewilding

Bhubaneswar: While the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has decided to suspend the tiger relocation programme in Satkosia Tiger Reserve, the tigress Sundari is likely to return home soon. Sources said, Sundari will be shifted Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh by January 2020.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden (CWW) Hari Shankar Upadhyay today said that two tiger were brought under the tiger relocation from MP to Odisha. While the male tiger died allegedly due to suspected poaching activities, there were violent protests against the habitation of Sundari, the female tiger.

“Since November 2018, Sundari has been kept in an enclosure which was recently inspected by NTCA officials. They realised that the female tiger needs rewilding for which it has to be shifted to Kanha,” said Upadhyay.

Narasinghpur MLA Debi Mishra said, “Sundari had become violent for which the tiger was shifted to an enclosure. There were protests in the area and the wild animal had become dangerous,” he said.

Hari Shankar Upadhyay, PCCF (Wildlife), Odisha

Debi Mishra, MLA, Narasinghpur

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