No male tiger at Panna, plans to revive population falter
Published by: Noor Khan
Bhopal/Panna (MP), May 2 : No male tiger has been found in Panna Tiger Reserve, a special probe team of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has said, casting a shadow on efforts to revive tiger population in the sanctuary where two tigresses were translocated in March.
"There was a male tiger in the reserve in January but as of now there is no male big cat left there," scientist Qamar Quershi, who was part of a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) that camped in the Panna reserve for two days, told PTI today.
He said the team, headed by NTCA's former Director P K Sen, will be investigating into the reasons for the disappearance of the male tigers in the sanctuary.
The SIT team had come to review the situation in the wake of reports that the reserve's lone tiger has not been located since January and will submit its formal report to the Centre by June.
State Principal Chief Conservator of Forest H S Pabla, however, downplayed the SIT's finding saying there is "nothing new" in it and that they have already sent a proposal seeking permission from the Centre for translocation of the male big cat some time back.
Already two tigresses have been translocated in the reserve to revive the big cat population in the first fortnight of March, he said.