BHOPAL: A week after a campaign to catch tigers roaming in the Kerwa, Kaliasot and Kathotia jungles near state capital, big catscontinue to elude more than 60 personnel of the forest department pressed into the job of trekking their movements.
Six elephants – two from Bandhavgarh national park and four from the world famous Kanha -have been trekking the jungles monitoring the movement of the three tigers.
There are two full grown tigers- one male and another female- and a 13-month-old cub -moving in the small patch of jungle. The tigress has been roaming almost for the last two years.
“Every day we come across signs of the tigers-pug marks, droppings et al or the tigers themselves deep inside the jungle, but so far they have not given us a chance to tranquilise them,” says an officer involved in the massive operation.
The decision to shift the tigers from the narrow patch of jungle was taken with mainly two issues under consideration- safety of animals and the people.
The tigers have been roaming in a narrow strip of forest close to the human population. It is in the interest of both -the man as well as the beast to translocate them to the Satpura national Park, the experts had opined.
Efforts are on to catch, preferably, the tigress and the cub, radio collar them, if possible, and shift them to the Satpura tiger reserve, forest department officials said.
Excerpts : TOI