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Ranthambore big cat strays near tracks in Mukundra Hills

JAIPUR: A young sub-adult T-98 tiger straying from the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) is now precariously poised close to a railway line passing in the course of the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR). The tiger has travelled a distance of just about 150 km in his misadventure.

Though the woodland administration on the MHTR is elated after receiving its 3rd visitor, on the other hand, the proximity of the tiger to the railway tracks, a trifling 10 km, is giving them a sleepless evening.

Some years again on July 15, 2003 some other large cat “Broken Tail’’ that had strayed clear of the RTR used to be overwhelmed under the wheels of Rajdhani Express on those tracks in Darah woodland.

According woodland officials, the motion of the tiger used to be recorded in Ghati Mata area of Darah range, outdoor the 82 sq. km enclosure that used to be built to prevent relocated tigers from going towards highway and railway tracks.

Ghanshyam Sharma, Kota chief conservator of woodland, mentioned, “We have deployed our monitoring groups for the massive cat. I agree that the tiger is close to the railway observe from Ghati finish. But at present, we don't seem to be planning to tranquillise the animal.”

Officials mentioned that the railway observe passes through a ravine for about 2 km with steep embankments on both sides. “If unintentionally the tiger comes into the ravine close to Albi Meeni Ka Mahal it'll be tough for it to trek up the gradient and demise is bound,” mentioned an official.

As the massive cat is exposed to danger, natural world fanatics have advised tranquillising the tiger and putting in radio collar for effective monitoring. MHTR, native advisory committee (LAC) member, Tapeshwar Singh Bhati, mentioned, “It’s excellent news that tiger has reached MHTR through a corridor which used to be thought to be useless since ages. However, MHTR is not ready to trace a free roaming tiger. The woodland division should instantly tranquillise and put collar across the tiger’s neck for effective monitoring,”

Earlier, after proof of the tiger used to be present in Sultanpur area on January 27, the woodland division had proposed freeing the massive cat in Seljar range of (MHTR) after tranquillising and becoming GPS-enabled collar.

Officials claimed that the verdict to shift the tiger to Seljar range of MHTR used to be taken as division had already got the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) permission.

However, source on the MHTR expect alteration within the proposal after new chief natural world warden joined the place of work.

“It used to be claimed that division had NTCA permission and it will free up tiger in Seljar. But, the NTCA gave nod to shift one tiger and two tigresses. Releasing a tiger in Seljar could have invited some other controversy as transferring of 2 men right through re-introduction programme is not beneficial,” mentioned a source.

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