Friday, 8 May 2015

NEWSLINK: Rajasthan losing its big cats to Madhya Pradesh

Rajasthan seems to be losing its tigers to Madhya Pradesh. State forest officials and members of world wildlife federation (WWF) have found sub-adult tiger T-71 - fourth in the row - that strayed from Rajasthan`s Ranthambore Tiger reserve on Sunday. WWF officials confirmed T-71 was captured in cameras on Monday at 3.

17 pm in Sheopur territorial division of Madhya Pradesh. T-71 (cub of T-30) was first photo-captured in Karanpur range of Keladevi Wildlife Sanctuary (KWLS-RTR) on November 20, 2014. It has since travelled a distance of 100 km.

"Recently, it was captured again during camera trap activities in Virpur range of Sheopur territorial division (STD). This sub-adult tiger cub has now grown up and is probably trying to establish its territory, which requires further confirmation through rigorous monitoring," said Sunny Shah, coordinator, Western India Tiger Landscape WWF-India. He said this is third tiger that has used the route through Keladevi WLS and reached MP.

"Place where tiger is dispersing is populated area of the corridor. However, ravines, forests of prosophis and acacia is supporting tiger dispersal in this part," Shah added. In 2013, a big cat from Ranthambore had taken a bigger stride.

The dispersal, identified as one amongst three male cubs of tigress T-26, trekked 220 km between the Rajasthan`s reserve and Datia in Madhya Pradesh. Though long dispersal of tigers from Ranthambore were reported earlier, but this is the longest distance in a direction travelled by any dispersed tigers from Ranthambore. The range has both reserve and protected forests with Sindh river flowing in middle and Vindhya hill ranges on the western side.

There are many villages on both sides. Ranthambore`s T-38, had crossed Chambal river and entered Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh in 2010 and made its territory there. MP forest officials were worried in 2014 after they captured T-38 around Kuno-Palpur sanctuary where Gir lions from Gujarat are proposed to be shifted.

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