Dr. Ramesh from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is trying to catch the hostile tigress named Sundari.
Amid the growing demand by the locals for immediate shifting of the tigress, which allegedly killed a woman on last Wednesday in the tiger reserve, the PCCF, Wildlife, visited Angul three days after the incident, reviewed the situation with the officials and discussed with the administration.
In a consultative meeting, it has been decided to have special package for proactively engaging the people of Satkosia in tiger conservation. A team from Wildlife Crime Controller Bureau, Jabalpur with CB, CID and SIT arrived at Angul to have a detailed investigation regarding the death of the woman.
On the other hand, the Satkosia Khyatigrastha Praja Suraksha Samiti (SKPSS) and the Citizens’ Action Forum (CAF) in a Press meet alleged that the State Wildlife Department has violated the protocol for the tiger re-introduction and other guidelines by not taking the people and media into confidence. Contrary to the protocol of NTCA, socioeconomic requirements are not assessed. Also, post release monitoring was not done properly, they alleged.
The NTCA clearly instructs that even if enough evidence has not come forth to establish an animal as a man- eater, but there are definite grounds to suspect after one human kill that the animal has the tendency to turn into a menace, steps should be taken to trap it.
“The CAF, while stressed upon tiger conservation, urged for complete safety of people first,” told advocate and
Meanwhile, CAF president RP Pattanaik demanded complete safety of the people first. Addressing the Press, SKPSS president Janardan Sahu and secretary Biraj Jani reiterated their demand to shift the hostile tigress.
Writer: BIJAY MISHRA
Source: The Pioneer