Kota tigress relocation gets NTCA approval
JAIPUR, Saturday 30th July 2011
The tigress to be relocated to the Sariska tiger reserve has been identified. The Sultanpur tigress in Kota will be first of the three tigresses to be relocated. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has already granted permission to the state for this.  

During his last visit to Sariska, the then Union forest and environment minister Jairam Ramesh had said three more tigresses were to be shifted. Currently, the reserve has three tigresses and two tigers.  

The tigress had strayed from the Ranthambore tiger reserve in January 2010. A team of forest officials had been trying to trace it but with the tigress settling down in the ravines of the Kalisind river on the border of Kota and Baran districts, there was little effort made in bringing her back. Even the periodic tracking of the tiger came to a halt.  

Irked by lack of efforts from the forest department in keeping a tab on the tigress, a potential mother, the issue came up for discussion in a meeting. It was then that the state wrote to the NTCA seeking permission for the relocation of the big cat. But now when the permission has been granted, officials of the forest department are still unsure if it will happen. "The place where the tigress is settled is a big area and no tab has been kept on it. One is unsure if we will be able to locate the animal and tranquilise it before relocating it to Sariska," officials said.  

Forest officials are trying to relocate tigresses to Sariska as all three, failed to give birth to a cub ever since they were relocated despite mating.