Three pairs of tigers to be relocated to Odisha; from Madhya Pradesh
In a major decision, the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to allow translocation of its three pairs of tigers to Odisha.
The approval for the translocation came from chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Earlier, still the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)’s technical committee also gave its in principle approval to relocate the tigers.
Principal chief conservation of forest, Wildlife, Jitendra Agrawal said now with the state government taking its decision decks were cleared for the translocation from Madhya Pradesh to Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha.
It is said that the first pair of tigers- a male and a female- is expected to be relocated in March or April of this year itself.
Odisha’s chief wildlife warden is expected to visit Madhya Pradesh in the first week of March to make the inspection.
It was found that during a genetic analysis of existing tigers found that the genetic make-up of the tigers in Satkosia was similar to that of Madhya Pradesh tigers as compared to genetic make-up of tigers of even other parts of Odisha.
Hence the translocation of Madhya Pradesh’s tigers was approved.>