Teams from MP reach Odisha to tranquilise tigress ‘Sundari’

Bhubaneswar: Two tranquilliser teams from Pench and Kanha tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh arrived in Odisha today to tranquilise tigress ‘Sundari’, informed Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Sandip Tripathy.

The teams have already reached the field, the official said.

“The entire situation is being monitored. The tigress was last spotted in deep forests, around 3 km away from Asanabahala village,” he added.

The Odisha Forest Department had requested its Madhya Pradesh counterpart to send two teams to capture ‘Sundari’.

The tigress was relocated from Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve to Satkosia wildlife sanctuary on June 28 in a pilot inter-state transfer project to increase the big cat population in Odisha.

However, locals are demanding shifting of the tigress from the forest after it allegedly killed an elderly man, Trinath Sahu, on October 21 at Tainsi village. On September 12, the tigress had allegedly killed a 35-year-old woman in the area.

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