Is Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh going to be a new Home for Tigers?
‘Mamma… kahi ghumney chaley? Mujhe Ranthambore mai aur nehi rehna hai…’, the little cub asked Mamma tigress. [Mom… let’s go for a holiday. I’m getting bore at Ranthambore…’]
‘Kaha jana hai beta? Sariska? Thik hai raat ko nikaltey hai. Waise waha bahut kuch hai khaney ko… ekdum taza’, Mamma tigress replied. [Where? Sariska? Ok… We will move out tonight and moreover there we will get some fresh prey.]
That might be the conversation going between a tiger family but in reality it is true where it seems that wildlife are sick and tired of their native habitat. They have started to move on their own to cast around their neighbouring areas.
According to a lion safari guard of Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary and villagers settled in periphery of the sanctuary, a tiger have been spotted in its vicinity on 16th May, 2014. Although the forest officials have installed camera traps in the safari’s adjoining wildlife sanctuary to track the movement of the wild animals, but more such traps would soon come into process after the recent claw clamour. Further, as concluded by the Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) Satish Gupta, a team of researchers are in action to identify any tiger pugmark and scat.
Earlier in 2005 and 2007, according to the Zoological Survey of India in Solan town, likewise elephants, the tiger occasionally moved from Rajaji National Park to adjoining Simbhalwara sanctuary. Evidences like scats and pugmarks were collected by the researchers.
Rajaji National Park, which spreads over 820 square kilometers and located in Uttarakhand near the foothills of the Himalaya and in proximity to Kalesar forest in Haryana, is a home to Asian elephants in large number and big cats like tigers and leopards in small number. It also safeguards several other animal species. On the other hand, Simbhalwara Sanctuary that lies in proximity to Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary, in Siramur district, Himachal Pradesh, is a home to Goral, Sambhar and Chittal, whereas, Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary, covering an area of 402 hectare, houses two lions and several leopards, which is quite a common sight. The Himachal Pradesh state wildlife wing earlier sent a detailed report to the central environment ministry proposing to include 4,400 hectares, including 1,990 hectares in Simbhalwara, under the tiger reserve.