Lone tiger disappears from Panna park
Category » Bhopal
Posted On Friday, April 10, 2009
By Our Staff Reporter
Bhopal, April 10:
Madhya Pradesh’ Panna National Park is facing breeding crisis with the disappearance of the lone tiger at the Tiger Reserve. The big cat has not been sighted for the last two months even after two tigresses were released in the park last month from the state’s Bandhavgarh and Kana Tiger Reserves.
Famous Wild Life expert Raghu Chundawat submitted a sensational report in 2005 to the state government and the park management on the disappearance of big cats from Panna National Park In his report Dr Chundawat cautioned that the Tiger Reserve would follow the foot steps of Sariska National Park in Rajasthan, if timely action was not initiated.
Overlooking Dr Chundawat’s report, the park management claimed that the Tiger Reserve had 20 tigress, 10 tigers and a one cub. When the wild life experts expressed concern over the alarming situation, experts and scientists of Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, carried out tiger census with the help of camera trap method in 2006 and expressed possibility of eight to fifteen tigers in forest in the tiger population density.
Even after this ‘eye opener’ report the management did not wake up from slumber. The management’s callous attitude led to bereft of tigers in two and half years.
Dr Chundawat commented ”Panna National Park has turned Sariska.” It was unimaginable that danger was looming large over Madhya Pradesh, considered to be ‘land of tiger, even after publishing of ”The Last Tiger”, written by Valmik Thapar, a conservationist and one of the world’s leading experts on Indian tigers, on the fast vanishing of tigers.
It was too late when the state government and the park management took steps to save the big cats.