Bhubaneswar: Trouble mounted for Odisha government over shifting of Satkosia tigress ‘Sundari’ after Central zoo authority today barred the forest department to shift the big cat to Nandankanan zoo, citing violation of zoo authority policy.
In a letter to the Odisha PCCF (wildlife), the central authority stated that the plan of the Odisha to shift to wild animal to a zoo is violating the zoo guidelines. As per the norms, no wild animal can be shifted from forest to zoo. It can only be used in the purpose of breeding to increase tiger population, the letter stated.
On the other hand, PCCF (wildlife) Sandeep Tripathy said the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wildlife Institute of India will be asked to send a central team to Satkosia to observe the nature of the tigress in enclosure. After report of the central team, decision on shifting of the royal cat can be taken, he added.
Odisha Forest Minister Bijayshree Routray had earlier informed that the tigress which has spread panic in Satkosia will be taken to Nandankanan zoo or it could be sent back to its original habitat Bandhavgarh in MP, if NTCA doesn’t agree for shifting to zoo.
‘Sundari’ which was brought from Madhya Pradesh and relocated into the Satkosia forest under inter-state tiger translocation programme, was accused of killing two persons and a bullock in human settlement of Satkosia area. The incident sparked an outrage in the district with locals torching forest offices and blocking national highway with a demand to shift the tigress to any other place.