Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Govt sets up panel to formulate tiger relocation guidelines

Govt sets up panel to formulate tiger relocation guidelines

Archana Jyoti

New Delhi, Mar 24 (PTI) With tiger relocation becoming the buzz word in wildlife conservation, government has, for the first time, set up a panel to formulate regulations for shifting of the big cats from one reserve to another in the country.

The panel has been constituted at a time when there is an uproar over the Madhya Pradesh government's proposed plan to relocate a tiger from Kanha tiger reserve to Panna national park.

With the setting up of the panel, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has put a spanner on Madhya Pradesh's ambitious plan to shift a tiger in Panna where a single predator does not exist.

"A detailed translocation regulation will be developed by the panel comprising NTCA, Wildlife Institute of India and independent tiger experts. It will cover all the critical issues of relocating a tiger," Rajesh Gopal, member secretary NTCA told PTI.

"This (regulation) should include the essential requirement that established, adult tigers should not be removed from the core of a protected area. No state will be allowed to relocate the tiger unless the state agrees to strictly implement the protocols," he said. PTI



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