Intelligence report questions “radio collaring” for Tiger
PTI 16/7/2009 8:31:57 PM(IST)
New Delhi: A wildlife intelligence report has blamed tiger deaths in Panna Tiger Reserve on their “radio collaring”, raising questions over the projects to conserve the animal throughout the country.
The report, submitted to Union Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh, has said that the radio collaring of Tigers in Madhya Pradesh”s Panna Tiger Reserve has “compromised the overall security of the reserve”.
“The report has found that around 80 per cent of the Tigers killed in Panna have met their deadly fate at the hands of poachers after they were radio collared,” top sources in the Ministry said.
Terming its findings as “interesting”, the report said the “radio collar technique has been identified in most number of cases” of tiger deaths that the team probed.
The report, submitted to the ministry with annexures running into few pages dealt with the “security” reasons of sudden disappearance of Tigers from the Panna reserve.
The document which talks on the “technical and security issues” of the Panna reserve has said the radio collar has restricted the movement of the animal for hunting its prey and its free movement in the wild.