Security beefed up at Sariska
16 Jul, 2008, 0525 hrs IST, TNN
JAIPUR: Security has been further enhanced at Sariska and Ranthambore Tiger reserves keeping in mind that monsoon season is known for poaching.
According to the chief wildlife warden, Rajasthan, R N Mehrotra, "We have increased the number of security personnel by 50 for both the Ranthambore National Park and the Sariska Tiger Reserve. This security is in addition to the present strength of policemen and ex-army men, who were recently recruited by the forest department, besides the prevailing guards at Sariska."
"Most of the poaching has been done during monsoon. This is the season when tigers migrate to the fringe areas of the forest and as most of the reserves are closed, officials prefer to go on leave. The poachers take advantage of these factors," said forest officials.
In fact, to just to be sure, Mehrotra personally went to Sariska to spruce up the security. Mehrotra added that the first pair of relocated tigers are doing well at Sariska and that the officials are looking forward to the relocation of the second tigress soon. He hinted that the third relocation from the Ranthambore National Park may take place in a month's time.
"Both the tigers at Sariska are in the best of health. They have been doing well and are moving about in the reserve," he said. A total of five tigers are to be translocated to the Sariska reserve by the end of this year. While the first three tigers are to be from Ranthambore, forest officials are keeping mum as to where the remaining two tigers would come from.
This follows doubts raised on the logic behind bringing the tigers from the same reserve at the back drop of constant breeding leading to genetic disorders among the cubs.