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MP govt agrees in principle to shift six tigers to Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

The government has given an "in principle" nod to translocate three pairs of tigers to Odisha's Satkosia Reserve, a top said today.

The six tigers are likely to be translocated by March-end, as the All Estimation (AITE) 2018 is currently underway in

According to the officer, the in-principle approval came after agreed to the government's request for translocation of the big cats.

of Forest (PCCF), Wild Life, said the Reserve (STR) is currently left with only one pair of tigers, who have passed their average age.

In the last few days, only one of the big cats was captured in cameras in the STR, he said.

Acting on a letter written by the government, the National Tiger Authority's (NTCA's) technical committee in a recent meeting approved shifting of the tigers.

Later, the government also decided to allow the translocation, which would help in increasing the number of striped cats in the STR.

Agrawal said the genetic make-up of tigers in STR was similar to that of the big cats of the Bandhavgarh and Kanha Tiger Reserve in

There has been evidences of a tiger corridor between Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, he said.

"It is expected that the tigers of Madhya Pradesh would easily adopt new climate of Odisha," he said.

Agrawal furher said that before the translocation, the officials and employees would be trained in the tiger release protocol.

of Forest (PCCF), Wild Life of Odisha, Sambit Tripathi had also visited Madhya Pradesh recently in this connection.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 20:10 IST