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Forest department mulls shifting Tadoba -Andhari tigers

The Indian Express,  Nagpur, 7 May 2013

 
The Forest Department is mulling over translocating the "overflowing" Tiger Reserve (TATR) landscape to other parts of the state. “This is just an idea that we have discussed with National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). They have asked us to send a detailed proposal," Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) S W H Naqvi. But first all we have to do a detailed study of the tiger population.

Looking at the huge dispersal of tigers in the area, we feel the TATR landscape is saturated with tigers. Earlier too, successful experiments of tiger translocation have been done in Patna and Ranthambore. We have to identify the parts of the state where the tigers can be relocated," Naqvi said.

He cited areas such as Western Maharashtra, Jalgaon and Melghat which can accommodate tigers." It is possible to send some to other parts of the country too,” Naqvi said.

"Even the chief minister has sought to know about if we can do it," he added. He, however, pointed out the need to have complete political acceptance of the idea.