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Tigress ‘Sundari’ Crisis: Is Relocation Of ‘Sundari’ Back To Madhya Pradesh Only Solution?

**Angul:** With two persons and three cattle allegedly mauled to death by ‘Sundari’ tigress in Odisha’s Satkosia area, the villagers got panic-stricken and resorted to violent protest for the relocation of this tigress back to Madhya Pradesh.

Angry over the incident, thousands of locals thrashed Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) Srikant Behera, who had gone to the village to verify the incident. They also ransacked a police van and set another vehicle on fire near Mundasahi Chhak on NH-55.

The villagers have alleged that the tigress has become a man-eater and should be immediately withdrawn from the forest and sent back to its original habitat in Madhya Pradesh.

Talking to OMMCOM NEWS, animal activist Biswajit Mohanty said, “The only solution to this problem is to relocate the tigress back to its original habitat. First the tiger has to be captured and then returned to Madhya Pradesh. They can’t even put her in a cage as it is a violation as per law.”

Regarding the project of increasing the population of the wild cats, he opined, “The very idea to bring it to Satkosia was bad enough as the Satkosia Reserve is surrounded by around 102 villages and around 50,000 cattle enter that area everyday to graze. How can you have tigers there? There will always be a conflict.”

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Sandeep Tripathy informed about the further course of action in this case. He said, “A tranquilizer team has already left for the place. The moment they receive a ‘go ahead’ signal from the local police and district administration, they will first tranquilize the tigress and bring out from enclosure and kept in Rayagada. Safety of the human beings and the tigress are of paramount importance. Now the priority is bringing the situation under control.”

The team comprises professionals from Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) and doctors from Nandankanan Zoological Park and gun assistants.

He said a final decision (over shifting of the tigress) will be taken after consultation with officials of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wildlife Institute of India-Dehradun.

Answering to a query regarding branding the tigress as man-eater, he said, “It has not fulfilled the NTCA protocol yet. We are now concerned about the safety of the humans and the tigress also.”

Notably, Sundari was brought to Satkosia on June 28 and released into the wild on August 17 for increasing the population of the tigers.

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