Central team to track tiger
16 Feb 2009, 0416 hrs IST, Neha Shukla , TNN
LUCKNOW: The tiger operation might get a boost in the coming week. The top guns from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) are expected to visit the place of action on Monday.
Vice-president WTI Ashok Kumar, while talking to TOI, had said about handling the operation if the tiger was not trapped for long. In all possibility the operation might involve traditional methods of trapping the tiger. Rajesh Gopal, member-secretary, NTCA might hold a meeting with the foresters at the spot to work out the flip side of the operation.
The wandering tiger has not been sighted eversince reports about its injury floated on February 7. The foresters had claimed they had shot the tiger and blood stains in the patch of forest behind Kamakhya temple were projected as a proof. But, the state of injury caused to the tiger remains a mystery till date. Either department does not know (as officials at the headquarters claim) or it wants to sit on the information.
There are also reports that the department has thought about hiring `kalandars’ (community which keeps bears and monkeys) to locate the tiger inside 30 sq km area of the Kumarganj forest, the feline’s current location. What is baffling is the fact that there has not been any kill reported from the area after February 7 when it was said to have sustained injury.
The department and WTI both are of the opinion that tiger is alive as fresh pugmarks have been frequently noticed in the forest. But, still something is amiss in the strategy of the department that has not been able to keep track of the tiger. The team from Delhi might unravel the mystery.