Relocation of ‘Sundari’: Team from Kanha Tiger Reserve to reach Angul tomorrow

Angul: A team from the Kanha Tiger Reserve Forest in Madhya Pradesh will arrive in Angul tomorrow to take back ‘Sundari’ tigress, which was brought to Odisha in the country’s first interstate relocation exercise for tigers more than two and a half years ago.

Angul Regional Chief Conservator of Forest (RCCF) Pradeep Raj Karata informed the team has already left from the Kanha Tiger Reserve Forest and will reach Angul tomorrow. After reviewing the condition of ‘Sundari’ kept at an enclosure in Raiguda forest under Satkosia sanctuary, the team will take a final decision on translocating the tigress.

Sources said the Kanha Tiger Reserve Forest authorities were not in favour of taking back ‘Sundari’ after tranquilization. Hence, the team has been bringing a special trap to capture the tigress.

The Odisha Forest Department also showed its interest to help the team from Kanha Tiger Reserve Forest to capture ‘Sundari’. The team will then take the tigress in a special vehicle to Ghorela forest under Kanha Tiger Reserve Forest, sources added.

The tigress is expected to be taken back on Monday.

Worth mentioning, after ‘Sundari’ killed two persons the tigress has been kept in an enclosure in Raiguda forest since November 2018.

The tigress was brought to Satkosia sanctuary from Madhya Pradesh in June 2018 under India’s first interstate tiger relocation project for tigers to increase the population of the big cat.

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