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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Rehabilitation of Gaur (Baysen) in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve sanctioned

Bhopal Posted On Friday, October 08, 2010

By Our Staff Reporter

Bhopal, Oct 8:

The Union Environment and Forest Ministry has sanctioned the project of rehabilitation of Gaur (Baysen) from Kanha Tiger Reserve to Bandhavgarh.

The Gaur species were extinct from Bandhavgarh National Park in the 1990s. The Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, in coordination with the Indian Wildlife Institute and Conservation Corporation of Africa (CC of Africa) had prepared a project in the year 2007 to rehabilitate this species at Bandhavgarh National Park. Under this project in the primary stage, 20 Gaurs are to be brought from Kanha National Park and leave them at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. The Union Environment and Forest Ministry supported this project in September 2007.

Three officers of Indian Forest Service of Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, a veterinary doctor, and a veterinary doctor of Indian Wildlife Institute were given training in South Africa to catch these animals and transport them at the expenses of CC of Africa. At the same time special area were developed in Bandhavgarh National Park for their rehabilitation. The CC of Africa got two vehicles prepared especially as per the technique popular in South Africa to transport these animals and donated them to the forest department free of cost. The forest department has already imported necessary equipments and medicines needed while implementing this project.

Taking all these preparations into consideration the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan had discussed the matter with the Union Environment and Forest Minister when the latter had visited Bhopal recently. The Madhya Pradesh Forest Department has informed in detail about all above preparations and again appealed the Union Ministry to permit to transfer 20 Gaurs from Kanha to Bandhavgarh. Now all arrangements will be made to bring Gaurs from Kanha and rehabilitate them at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

Navneet Maheshwari

Friday, October 8, 2010

Tiger found dead at Kanha National Park

One male tiger of around 10 - 12 years was found dead near Khapa gate of Kanha Tiger Reserve. The forest department has atributed the tiger death to territorial fight as usual. As per information villager saw this tiger lying and informed the forest dpartment of same. On reaching the site the officials found that the tiger had died a couple of days back. Initial reports suggest that the death may be due to infighting as the tiger has been found dead with a deep wound around the neck said the forest officials.

But as per the rumours floating within the villagers this tiger had killed a local villagers cow and in retalliation this tiger was poisoned but it could not be skinned as the forest department got information of dead tiger and patrolling party reached the spot.

We will come to know of exact reasoning for tiger death only after PM report is published. As on now the tiger has been burnt as per tradition of the department.

Navneet Maheshwari,