A petition was filed by the Red Lynx Confederation (NGO), who had directed the Odisha Forest Department to deliver a complete report on the health condition of Tigress Sundari and also to appear in the court physically.
After the petition, now the Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered the Odisha Government to submit an accurate report about all the health issue related things about the Sundari immediately. Tigress Sundari has been inside the enclosure in Satkosia Sanctuary in Angul district.
Pradip Raj Karate, the field Director of Satkosia Tiger Reserve, stated that the Chief Wildlife Warden of Odisha had been made one of the parties in the PIL, and the State Government has also sanctioned the DFO of Satkosia to attend the hearing on its place next week. He further informed that the Sundari’s health and behavior are standard and observed continuously by the forest workers.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Odisha Government earlier had urged the Madhya Pradesh government to take back Sundari to its original territory in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in MP. Still, the MP Government remained silenced and unresponsive. To check the tigress’s behavior and health condition, a team of NTCP recently visited Satkosia Tiger Reserve.
As a part of the Inter-State Tiger translocation project, a three-year-old tiger Mahavir was brought from the Kanha Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh in 2018, and Tigress Sundar was brought from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. But four months after the release into the wild, Mahavir was caught in a trap and died while Sunadri killed two-person before venturing into the forest. In November 2018, the tigress was tranquilized and put in the closure at Raigoda.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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