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Tiger 'vanishes' after travelling 135 km to Vidarbha forest

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

A three-year-old tiger has disappeared from the forest officials' radar since the last five months, after traversing a distance of 135 km to a forest near in

Forest officials say the tiger, called Nawab, which had walked 135 km from the Katlabodi in forest range to the Pohra-Malkhed forest, was last sighted in October.

Amravatis chief conservator of forests (territorial) said Nawab, whose identity is KKFR-4, migrated to Pohra-Malkhed area last year.

"Such migration takes place every year, after which these tigers return (to the forest they had come from)," the forest said.

In a similar incident, a tiger from the Bor tiger reserve had migrated to Pohra-Malkhed forest, which has a good prey base, and had gone back, he said.

"We were monitoring Nawab's movements till October last year through camera traps. It was also the month the tiger was lastsighted," Chavan said.

Nawab had no radio collar, he said. A radio collar is a wide band of machine-belting fitted with a small radio transmitter and battery, with the transmitter emitting a signal at a specific frequency that can be tracked.

"We have asked forest personnel in adjoining forest ranges to find out which way or area Nawab may have used to return," he said.

An NGO has written to forest officials over the 'disappearance' of Nawab, adding the tiger might have been electrocuted or poached, the said.

In July 2016, a tiger called Jai (named after Amitabh Bachchans character in the film Sholay) had vanished from a wildlife sanctuary in region.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 18:25 IST