BHOPAL: Having successfully shifted two tigresses to the Panna Tiger Reserve recently, the Madhya Pradesh State Forest Department now plans to move a tiger there, too, as the sanctuary

The state forest department is not a little amused by the hullaballoo over the planned shifting of a solitary tigress from the sprawling Kanha National Park to the Panna Tiger Reserve spread over the districts of Panna and Chhattarpur in Madhya Pradesh. The shifting became necessary to prop up the population of the big cat whose numbers had been reduced to a solitary male member.

There is threat to the existence of big cat in Madhya Pradesh which has the distinction of being called a Tiger State. Pressure is mounting on the Forest Department, as poachers are active in the surrounding areas of Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park and Panna National Park. Tiger Cell annually registers 4 to 5 tiger killing cases.

At the beginning of this year, a ground-breaking, new, and scientific tiger census, which took two years to complete, announced that there were 1,411 wild tigers left in India. By November, the Government had admitted that of that number, 14 tigers had been poached this year. The figure actually may be nearly double.

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