THE NATIONAL Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has decided to continue the tiger relocation project in Odisha, the state’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Sandeep Tripathy has told The Indian Express. “The modalities of the relocation project will be deliberated upon,” Tripathy said.
The NTCA had temporarily halted the project after the discovery of the dead tiger introduced into Satkosia Reserve from the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. This inter-state transfer was the first of its kind in the country and aimed to boost the big cat population in Satkosia, which had dwindled to two ageing tigresses.
In Odisha, this was the second case of tiger death within three weeks. Earlier, in October, forest officials discovered the carcass of a male tiger in Debrigarh Sanctuary. The state Crime Branch is questioning four alleged poachers arrested on this matter.
The post-mortem report on the Satkosia tiger’s death puts the cause as “septicaemia resulting multiple organ failure”. A wound in the neck region of the tiger, which became infested with maggots led to the infection, the report states.
Former member of the National Board of Wildlife Biswajit Mohanty said, “It is an open and shut case of tiger death by man-made snare. The tiger was caught in a trap probably meant for wild boars.”