Tiger, deers rescued in Sunderbans
Express News Service Posted online: Wednesday, May 27, 2009
kolkata : In an operation launched Tuesday, the Forest Department rescued one tiger and a few deer, which strayed into the villages bordering the Sunderban Tiger Reserve in South 24 Parganas after cyclone Aila hit the area on Monday.
“A female tiger strayed into a hut in Jamespur village following the cyclone. But after the water receded, we tranquilised it at 1 pm today. We have put the animal in a translocation cage and will be releasing it in the core area soon,” said Subrata Mukherjee, Field Director, Sunderban Tiger Reserve.
Forest officials will also relocate two deer which had strayed into Satyanarayanpur on Bali island and efforts are on to find 20 crocodiles which escaped from Bhagatpur where they were put for artificial insemination.
While attempts are being made to provide humanitarian relief in about 26 villages close to the reserve by the Border Security Force personnel, the government has begun repair work of the block offices of the department simultaneously.
According to Forest Minister Ananta Roy, the forest range office of Bakhali has been washed away, while other forest offices in Patharpratima, Namkhana, Kultuli and Basanti blocks have been badly damaged by the cyclone.
Wildlife officials said that four block offices of the Tiger Reserve Project have also been washed away, compelling employees to take shelter elsewhere. The BSF is trying to rescue them, they added.