Chandrapur: Radio collaring for the capture of two tigresses from the Bramhapuri forest division and the campaign for conservation in Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR) has been started.
A rapid response unit of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), assisted by experts from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), is in the wild to capture and hold the tagged tigresses.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had earlier given permission for radio-collaring and relocation of five tigresses from Brahmapuri in the month of September. But the forest department had decided to capture and shift only two of them.
“We have already received orders to capture and relocate the two cats. Accordingly, orders have also been sent to Bramhapuri Division and our team is in the field to execute the operation,” CCF, Chandrapur Prakash Lonkar said.
Tigress each from South Bramhapuri and Nagbhir range has been identified
According to rough estimates, more than 200 tigers are present in the Chandrapur district alone. The decision to relocate the tigresses has been taken following a rapid increase in the tiger population in Bramhapuri.
Due to the increasing population of these tigers, there has been a significant increase in human-tiger conflicts in forest and fringe areas. A total of 41 people have been killed in the district during the last 11 months in poacher attacks. Along with this, tigers that have migrated from Bramhapuri forest to Gadchiroli forests have also wreaked havoc and killed many people in the neighboring district.
Sources have also said that one tigress each from South Bramhapuri and Nagbhir range has been identified for collaring and translocation. A team from Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve along with experts from WII is also monitoring the tigresses in the forests of RRU Mindhala and surrounding areas. This is the same team that tranquilized and captured problem tiger K-4 from South Bramhapuri forest on 21st November, Sources informed.