Gujarat: Avni’s female cub ready for release into the wild, forest officials look for suitable territory

Gujarat: Avni’s female cub ready for release into the wild, forest officials look for suitable territory

Written by Vivek Deshpande
| Nagpur |

Printed: July 7, 2020 1:04:36 am


It was stored in a forested enclosure of about seven hectares, the place pure preys have been launched. The tigress learnt to kill and is now believed to be by itself on that depend. (Representational)

After “profitable re-wilding” of the feminine cub of tigress T1 (Avni), the Forest Division has taken the decision to launch it into the wild. The choice was taken at a current assembly of the involved committee, headed by Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Nitin Kakodkar.

Avni, which was answerable for killing a minimum of 5 individuals, was shot lifeless below an official order by a shooter from Hyderabad, Asghar Ali, in November final 12 months after a three-month- lengthy chase within the forest of Pandharkawada in Yavatmal district. The killing had led to world outrage.

T1 had two cubs, male T1C1 and feminine T1C2, which have been additionally ordered captured since they have been seen as most likely carrying the imprint of Avni’s battle with people and therefore might additionally grow to be potential battle animals. They have been additionally small – about one 12 months outdated – when orphaned and therefore could have discovered surviving with out their mom troublesome.

The feminine cub, T1C2, was captured 20 days after Avni’s killing and was delivered to Nagpur, the place it was determined to place the animal in a big enclosure within the Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR) and do its ‘re-wilding’, an experiment to coach it in creating its pure instincts with out getting a human imprint. The experiment has been on since then below PTR Subject Director Ravikiran Govekar’s supervision.

“We’ve come to the conclusion that the method of re-wilding has been accomplished and the tigress is match to be launched into the wild,” Kakodkar advised The . “Govekar will now put together a proposal and ship it to Nationwide Tiger Conservation Authority for its approval,” he added.

Kakodkar mentioned the committee has deliberated on varied choices of areas the place the tigress could possibly be launched. “No closing determination has but been taken on which space is to be chosen,” he mentioned.

The coaching concerned creating the animal’s skill to kill pure preys. It was stored in a forested enclosure of about seven hectares, the place pure preys have been launched. The tigress learnt to kill and is now believed to be by itself on that depend.

Requested concerning the animal’s skill to carve out a territory in opposition to a competitor because it was used to a secure territory until now the place no different tigers might enter, Kakodkar mentioned, “It additionally often sprays its urine across the place, which exhibits that it has additionally learnt to mark its territory. So, it ought to be capable to do this wherever it will get launched.”

Requested concerning the possible areas the place the tigress could possibly be launched, the PCCF mentioned, “We checked 4 choices, PTR, Melghat in Amravati district, Gadchiroli and Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR) in Bhandara and Gondia districts. The choice of releasing it in the identical space the place it’s at the moment held, by merely opening the enclosure gate, is problematic since there’s a tigress with cubs transferring in shut neighborhood. NNTR seems the most suitable choice, significantly the Navegaon half that’s now freed from human habitation after rehabilitation of 5 villages. It additionally has fewer tigers and may simply accommodate more. However a closing determination hasn’t been taken but…”.

In the meantime, T1’s different cub T1C1, a male, is believed to be roaming in Pandharkawada forest after the Forest division didn’t seize it after a number of months of effort. “It was being sighted when the seize effort was on. After that, its final lure digicam image had are available December, 2019. Since then, it hasn’t been seen. It’s potential that it may need migrated looking for a feminine,” mentioned Prafulla Wagh, who retired on June 30 because the divisional supervisor of the Forest Improvement Company of Maharashtra (FDCM), Yavatmal, and was the supervisor of the world the place T1C2 was transferring.

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