Movements of some tigers from the Ranthambore forests of Rajasthan to the Chambal range in Madhya Pradesh have been recorded by the forest officials of Madhya Pradesh in last few months. Three tigers who went missing from the Ranthambore forests have been located in Seoda range in Datia District of M.P and in Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary. A team of officers from Ranthambore visited Datia district last week to check the whereabouts of the missing tigers, who were finally caught in the camera installed to check their movements.
“Our only concern was their safety and now that we have spotted them in MP, we are happy that they are safe,” said Y K Sahu, district forest officer Ranthambore. Three tigers that moved to the wild forests of M.P from Ranthambore include T-71, T-38 Kuno, and T-26 Seoda.
According to WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), the movement of tigers in the Gwalior forests is absolutely natural and it indicates a good sign, however, team of forest officials of both the regions i.e. Ranthambore and Madhya Paradesh, should monitor the movement of tigers carefully. “Officers had been visiting the place to track the tigers regularly, but we have not received any picture of the tiger so far. Search is on,” Sahu added.
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Main Cause behind the Movements of Tigers from Ranthambore to Gwalior Forest Range
The population of carnivorous animals is compartively less in Madhya Pradesh forest range, and so, there is sufficent supply of food in the form of herbivorous animals here. The tigers reaching this area are getting enough food, and which is why they are not trying to go back to Ranthambore. Also, the area has a very rare human interference.
According to Sunny Shah, WWF North India Regional Coordinator, the tigers chase away their cubs when they grow young to other areas of jungle in search of food. These young tigers then look for a different region to get settled to new eco-system.
He added, “We are constantly monitoring the movements of T-71 tiger in this area and taking precautionary measures for its safety. We hope that more and more tigress move to M.P forest range, so, that the condition of tigers improves here.
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