Male tiger relocated to Sariska
TNN, Jul 21, 2010, 01.23am IST
SARISKA (Jaipur): After a gap of nearly two years, a tiger was relocated from Ranthambore National Park to Sariska by road on Tuesday. The male tiger, T-12, was tranquilised on Tuesday around 11 am and put in a cage on a canter before being taken to Sariska. This was the first relocation by road as all the three tigers in the past were shifted to Sariska using an IAF helicopter.
The big cat -- the second male to be relocated to Sariska -- was carefully selected after DNA tests to ensure that it was not a sibling of any tigers already been moved to Sariska. The tests were conducted following apprehensions that the animal could be siblings to two females and one male already been relocated to Sariska and hence may not be able to produce any offspring.
"We have done DNA tests of scat samples of the tiger in Bangalore. It is not a sibling to any of the tigers already in Sariska. We are planning to relocate yet another tiger from Ranthambore in the coming days," said Union minister for forests and environment Jairam Ramesh. State forest minister Ramlal Jat was also present.
Jairam said that after the relocation of the fifth tiger, wildlife experts would be consulted to decide whether more tigers should be relocated from Ranthambore. The minister though hinted of the same so as to reduce the pressure of a rising population in Ranthambore but with Madhya Pradesh refusing to part with any tiger, there is hardly any other option.
Meanwhile, security had been beefed up along the route for the tiger's six hour journey from Ranthambore to Sariska. The tiger was given water every half an hour on its journey, said an official. "Originally, we had planned the relocation for Wednesday and an IAF helicopter was informed accordingly. But this morning when we set out for our usual tracking, we found the tiger in an ideal spot for tranquillising and therefore changed our plans. Since the helicopter could not be made available immediately, we charted out the road route for the tiger," said an official.
The animal was tranquilised and shifted by Dr Parag Nigam and his team from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun.
The five-and-a-half year old tiger was shifted from the Kundalka area of Ranthambore. It would be kept inside an enclosure for a few days in Sariska before letting it out. "We have also fitted a satellite radio collar on it for monitoring its movement," the official added.