UP officials oppose Centre`s suggestion to shift killer tiger
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 19:59
  
New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh forest officials have disfavoured the Centre's suggestion to send a marauding male tiger in Pilibhit to the natural forests of the state's Dudhwa Tiger reserve as it is fraught with risk.

Instead, they said, once the four-year-old male feline is tranquilised and captured from Shahjahanpur area, 60km from Pilibhit, it could be shifted to a nearby rehabilitation centre.

Elephants, forest guards and tranquilising experts are on the job round the clock to ensure that the tiger does not move out of Shahjahanpur area and attack the villagers as it has already killed eight persons since June.

The proposal to send the striped cat to the natural habitat of Dudhwa park came from Rajesh Gopal, member-secretary of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), who had recently visited Sahajahapur area where the tiger has been localised.

He was of the opinion that the big cat should not be sent to a zoo or a rehabilitation centre but to the core of Dudhwa tiger reserve to let it be in its natural habitat.

But the idea has not found favour with UP forest staff who do not want to take any chance with a "man-killer" tiger.

"We are against taking the big cat back to the forests. If let loose, it can again kill people. We have to first assess the risk of sending it to Dudhwa," UP Chief Wildlife Warden B K Patnaik said here.

Patnaik disfavours declaring the feline as a man-eater as the victims were killed inside the forest. "The tiger has not made efforts to kill the humans but did so only when it came face to face with them. We have advised the villagers not to venture out at night or when alone."

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 19:59


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