Nine tiger cubs sighted in Satpur Reserve
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Bhopal (PTI): Nine tiger cubs have been sighted in Madhya Pradesh's Satpura Tiger Reserve, amidst reports of dwindling cat population in the state.
"Tigresses have given birth to nine cubs in our reserve, spread in an area of around 1453 sq kms in Hoshangabad district in last 13 months," its Deputy director M K Pathak told PTI.
Mr. Pathak said that the youngest two cubs were around 5 months old, adding their gender had not been identified yet.
He said proper care is being taken to ensure the cubs' safety in the Reserve.
The last tiger death due to old age was reported from this reserve three years back, officials said.
Eastern Madhya Pradesh's Panna tiger reserve has become devoid of the big cat, except the two tigresses translocated there to revive its population.
According to the tiger Census carried out by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Satpura tiger reserve has around 35-52 big cats, Mr. Pathak said.