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Ahmedabad: Experts warn against haste in tiger translocation (Nov)

 
DNA , Monday, November 11, 2013
 
Correspondent : Kartikey Dev Singh
 
Forest dept wants 'ousted' T-62 shifted to Sariska, but sex-ratio imbalance may affect breeding pattern.
 
The tiger population of Sariska is set to rise, but the state forest department’s haste to boost the animal’s numbers could backfire if they fail to pay heed to conservationists’ concerns.
 
The department is keen to translocate a young tiger, who was ousted from Ranthambhore and has made the Talwas region of Bundi his territory, to Sariska. To expedite the process, the officials have shot off a letter to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) seeking its permission to shift the two-and-a-half-year-old feline.
 
“There is a plan to shift the tiger [T-62] to Sariska. The department has written to the Government of India and the NTCA, and is waiting for their permission. Once the permission is given, it would take a month’s time to shift the tiger,” said PS Somshekhar, CCF (Wildlife). Explaining the need to translocate the young cat, a highly placed official from Ranthambhore forest department said, “The area where the tiger is living does not have a good prey base. Moreover, the animal faces threat from humans in that area. Hence, it was decided to shift him as a precaution,” he said.
 
Conservationists, however, warn against the well-meaning urgency. Experts state that the translocation would not only upset the male-female ratio at Sariska, but even dim the chances of survival of the very animal the forest department is trying to save.
 
“The ideal male-female ration for tigers is 1:3. There are already two male and four female tigers in Sariska. If this male is also shifted to the park it would create a sex-ratio imbalance, thus creating problems in breeding. Moreover, T-62 was already kicked out of the [Ranthambhore] park by other males and there is a huge possibility of that happening again to the animal at Sariska. It could even prove to be fatal for T-62,” said a highly placed official, requesting anonymity.
 
“The Rajasthan forest department needs to learn from the pattern followed at Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Tigers were translocated to Pench much after Sariska, but the population there is higher.
 
Pench boasts of 25 tigers while tigers in Sariska are only a third of this number. In comparison with female tigers, fewer male tigers were shifted and the result is in front of everyone. We had suggested the state forest department to adopt the same strategy,” the official added.
 
T-62 is the male offspring of tigress T-8 at Ranthambore tiger reserve.