Bhubaneswar, Nov 18 (LocalWire) The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) said inter-state tiger translocation, that was suspended temporarily post a tiger death, will continue after detailed discussion with the state.
India’s first inter-state tiger translocation project was suspended temporarily after a male tiger reportedly died at the core area of Odisha’s Satkosia Tiger Reserve.
The NTCA team visited the mortality site of T1, as the tiger was registered, interacted with nearby village, discussed with field staff and monitoring team, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) researchers and perused connected records.
They stated that death of T1 was unfortunate and they ruled out the possibility of poaching.
In a media statement, chief wildlife warden Sandeep Tripathy said all the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of NTCA have been followed in Satkosia.
“The post-mortem report indicated that death of T1 was due to infected maggot wound followed by multiple organ failure,” said Tripathy.
“The project will continue after detailed discussion with the state department, WII and NTCA,” he added.
Meanwhile, tigress T2 inside the holding area at Raigoda is having normal health conditions.
The NTCA team observed the tigress Friday evening and Saturday morning.
“As per their version, the health of T2 is alright. Decision on T2 would be taken up after due examination of all records and deliberations with all the stakeholders involved,” said Tripathy.
T1, the male Royal Bengal tiger, was the first big cat to be brought from Madhya Pradesh to Odisha.
The NTCA had said that after the tiger was found dead on Wednesday, the authorities decided to temporarily put a halt to the translocation process till the cause of death is known.
Forest officials said the tiger had settled down in his new habitat and that they were initially suspecting a conspiracy behind his death. However, sources said there was a possibility that tigress Sundari (T2), who was the second big cat to be brought from Kanha Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh, might have attacked T1.
T1 joined Satkosia on June 22. He was kept in an enclosure till July 6, before he was released into the wilds having adapted to the new habitat.