For the first time, a tiger (Panthera tigris) has been successfully translocated between two Indian states.
As Dr. Doubleday’s tweet states, this translocation was a milestone event. Under the supervision of trained wildlife veterinarians, a tiger was tranquilized and captured in Kanha National Park in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The team then measured the cat and moved it to Satkosia Tiger Reserve in the state of Odisha.
According to the original article, this was the first of six tiger translocations planned between the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. The ultimate goal is to re-establish a healthy tiger population in Satkosia.
However, not everyone was supportive of this move. Long-time tiger supporter Ajay Dubey had raised concerns about the safety of tigers in the state of Odisha, leading him to oppose the translocation.
There is always an element of risk involved when translocating big cats. But if the exchanges between Madhya Pradesh and Odisha go well, they could have far-reaching consequences. They might set the stage for further interstate tiger translocations, helping to repopulate other reserves that have lost many of their tigers.