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Central Zoo Authority cautions Odisha over tigress's shifting

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The has cautioned Department to consider provisions of the National Zoo Policy, 1998 before taking any decision to shift tigress 'Sundari' to the Zoological Park.

'Sundari' is to be shifted to Zoo as she had allegedly killed at least two persons in the Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary, Forest and Minister has said.

The wrote to the government in response to a complaint filed by wildlife activist who termed the state's decision to transfer the tigress to Zoo as unlawful.

National Zoo Authority Member D N Singh in a letter to Principal Chief of Forest (Wildlife) Sandeep Tripathy said, "Except for obtaining founder animals for approved breeding programme and infusion of new blood into inbred groups, no zoo can collect animals from the wild."

Tripathy had said that a high-level committee comprising experts from the National Tiger Conservation Authority, the Wildlife Institute of and the state Department will observe the behaviour of the tigress inside the enclosure at Raiguda for three days and then take a decision on its relocation.

Meanwhile, the forest officials have successfully tranquilised the tigress inside the

'Sundari' was brought from the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in and released into the enclosure at Raiguda in the core area of the on June 18. She was later released into the wild on August 18.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 20:40 IST