Even though forest officials have not yet detected the cause of the death of two sub-adult tigers at Aanwad ki Khad , Zone 10 in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in April this year , another male tiger T-77 has disappeared from the same zone at the same time. The tiger has not been seen in this zone for more than four months.
Assistant conservator of the forest (ACF), Mukesh Saini said, “It has been four months since we have recorded the big cat’s movement in Ranthambhore National Park. Forest officials say that it is believed that the tiger may have moved to Kuno-Palpur forest area of Madhya Pradesh.
Tiger T-77 is a litter of tigress T-26 and His age is almost four years. After the completion of two years of tiger in 2016, the forest department gave it a number.
Considering the history of Ranthambore National Park, wildlife activists have not ruled out hunting. Two sub-adult tigers found dead in Aanwad-khad area were reportedly toxic.
There are many villages in close proximity to this area that threaten the big cat. The surrounding villages include Aawand, Bhairupura, Lakshmipura, Lahsoda, Jetpur, Bodal and Sawai Ganj.
As per the Sunayan Sharma who is the president of the Sariska Tiger Foundation and the NTCA’s representative for the post-mortem of the two sub-adult tigers of the Ranthambore, said that “Tiger T-77 has moved to Kuno-Palpur forest is just a perception.”
Ranthambore National Park has more tigers than capacity
Sunayan Sharma said, “In fact, in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, there are more tigers than the capacity, big cats are forced to move closer to human habitation, which creates a threat to them.”
Wildlife lovers have alleged that Rajasthan is losing its tigers in Madhya Pradesh and has blamed the State Forest Department for dealing with this issue. Wildlife enthusiasts and a green activist Simrat Sandhu said, “Under the Right to Information Act, we have sought information from the Forest Department on correspondence with the Madhya Pradesh government about the movement of our tigers in their area. However, till date no information has been provided on their behalf in this case. ”
Sandhu alleged that, regardless, two sub-adult tigers have died since April and one male tiger has disappeared, the forest department has no mood to investigate this matter seriously. According to the report submitted by the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (ICRI), Bareilly, according to the forest officials, the marks of Rodenticide (poison used to kill the rodents) were found in the viscera of two sub-adult tigers. “The IVRI report was received on July 12. After this, a five-member inquiry committee was formed, led by principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) Rajeev Goyal. It’s been more than a month, However, no meeting has been done till date” said one source.