Bhubaneswar: Even as the team of tranquilising experts failed to capture the royal Bengal tigress Sundari which has unleashed panic in Satkosia area by killing two persons, the Odisha government has finally decided to shift the big cat to Nandankanan zoo after tranquilisation.
Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray said the Bengal tigress will be kept inside the enclosure after it was captured by the wildlife team which is on operation to sedate the royal cat. Efforts are on to capture the elusive tigress that had killed two persons in Satkosia area, he added.
“If National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) didn’t agree with the government’s decision, the animal may be taken back to its original habitat Bandhabgarh in Madhya Pradesh. However, no such decision has been taken yet in this regard,” the minister said.
Two teams comprising experts from Kanha National Park and Pench Tiger Reserve from Madhya Pradesh have natured into the forest in Satkosia and are monitoring the movement of the tigress. Sundari has reportedly moved out of Baghamunda forest and was found roaming at a place which is 3km away from Asanabahal village, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Sandip Tripathy said.
The tranquillising team has failed to capture the wild animal in Satkosia forest in spite of several attempts. There were five attempts made by the experts in last one week to capture the tigress.