Tiger in Panna to be tranquilized again for radio collaring
11 Nov 2009, 1910 hrs IST, PTI
BHOPAL: A tiger translocated to Panna Reserve in a bid to revive the park’s big cat population will be radio-collared soon, forest department officials said.
The tiger was tranquilized on November six in Pench from where it was shifted to Panna, spread over an area of 542 sq km.
“It couldn’t be radio-collared as it gained consciousness early while being carted out from the deep forests of Pench, before being shifted to Panna,” Madhya Pradesh Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) R S Negi said.
The tiger was under stress and will be tranquilized again once it is fit for the purpose, Negi said, adding tranquilizing twice in 90 days was harmful to the animal’s health.
“The tiger in the enclosure spread over an area of one hectare in Panna will be tranquilized for radio-collaring shortly, before it is released in the wild,” Panna Reserve Field Director R S Murthy said.
Two tigresses — one from Bandhavgarh and another from Kanha — were translocated to Panna last week and they had already being radio collared.
The tiger will be radio-collared with an imported equipment, Murthy said.