Tiger from Maharashtra’s Chanda forest range and Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary situated in Pandharkawda are seen moving to the Telangana state. This movement of tigers into the Pranahita sanctuary has been scientifically recorded, which calls for exploring conservation potential in the tribal district Gadchiroli.
According to the data the Gadchiroli district had around 115 tigers in the year 1989 after which the forest had noticed a great decrease in the number of tigers. Today, the same region has just six tigers, which includes four sub-adult tigers in the Wadsa division.
Nitin H kakodkar confirmed that the tigers are entering the neighboring state and it is the correct time to start enhancing protection in Gadchiroli and have developed prey base. He further stated that the this could be a migratory movement on which we will have to keep an eye to see whether they settle in the new migrated area or not.
Pranahita Sanctuary has its area both in Maharashtra and Telangana state. The sanctuary measures around 418 sq. km and is managed by the territorial division. Pranahita sanctuary was given a notice in the year 2014 to boost its wildlife conservation by the forest department.
The tiger which has been sighted in the Gadchiroli region has been identified as K7, which is a male sub-adult of the tigress Falguna. This male feline is guessed to have traveled for 35-40 km, the tiger was last seen in Pranahhita sanctuary in last 15 to 15 days.
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