While the search for the two missing cubs in Panna reserve continues, the forest authorities on Tuesday claimed that they have managed to track down the tigress that had gone missing for the last few days.

Priscilla Jebaraj

NEW DELHI: Two fighting big cats, one wounded tigress, and two missing cubs at the Panna reserve have raised questions about some aspects of the tiger relocation programme

 Much has been done to try to save the world’s largest cat — threatened
by hunting, habitat loss and the wildlife trade — but their numbers
have continued to spiral downward for nearly two decades according to this study published in the latest issue of PLoS Biology journal.

Tigers from Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh disappeared because they wandered out of the park and got poached. The forest department could not be held responsible for the loss because its jurisdiction ended within the park, says a state government committee report.

Maintaining a keen vigil over the progress of the tiger revival plan at Panna National Park, the State Forest Department has said that the aim of the project, to revive the number of big cats in the sanctuary, would be realised in due course of time.

Worried over safety of four new-born tiger cubs, the Madhya Pradesh government has put on hold its plan to relocate a new male big cat to Panna sanctuary.

"If we shift a male tiger as planned earlier, it might devour the hapless cubs which are less than two months old," HS Pabla, principal chief conservator (wildlife), Madhya Pradesh, told reporters.

Panna: Tiger, the national animal of the country, is being poached regularly in almost all reserves and authorities are sitting idle, eating up the the funds meant for the animal's welfare, said a tiger conservationist.

Addressing a news conference here at Panna this afternoon, Shehla Masood said the tigers are being killed by the poachers and nobody is stopping them.

Vivek Trivedi | Bhopal

At a time when the Bandhavgarh tigress death case is deeply entangled in controversy, the news of a fourth cub being spotted inside Panna National Park has given animal lovers many reasons to smile. Earlier the park administration had revealed that that Bandhavgarh tigress trasnlocated to Panna, had given birth to three cubs, which were spotted on May 7.

Chief Minster Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired a meeting of State Wildlife Board here today which recommended setting up of National Dinosaur Fossil Park near Bagh in Dhar district. More than 100 dinosaur eggs were found in Bagh in Dhar district in the year 2006, which are estimated to be 6.5 crore to 7 crore years old. Besides, fossilised dinosaur nests have also been found in the district.

Union minister for environment Jairam Ramesh said most of the tiger reserves in the country are in a bad shape and are going Panna and Sariska reserves way, which have no tigers left.