Ranthambore National Park tigress T- 83 ‘Lightning’ relocated to Mukundra Reserve
Jaipur: The Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve near Bundi has got another tigress.
Tigress T-83 was relocated to Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve from Ranthambore National Park on Friday morning. Tiger T-91 and Tigress T-106 were relocated to Mukundra Hills over the last year. The relocation of another tigress will likely increase the tiger population in the reserve.
The forest department officials tranquilized Tigress T-83 for the shifting. She is being currently kept in enclosures, but will soon be released into an 82 square km fenced area of Mukundra.
Tigress T-83 is popularly known as ‘Lightning’ at Ranthambore. She will be now be known by the name MT4 at Mukundra. A tracking device has been attached to T-83 to monitor her location and activity in Mukundra.
The relocation was conducted under the supervision of Ranthambore field director YK Sahu on Friday.
The forest department issued orders to shift two tigresses to Mukundra from Ranthambore last year after the Rajasthan high court gave a green signal to shifting from Ranthambore National Park by dismissing a petition filed by activist Ajay Shankar Dubey.
The first tigress T-106 was shifted in December last year.
The petition filed by Ajay Shankar Dubey opposed the shifting of the tiger ‘T-91’ from Ranthambore to Mukundra Hills. The petition alleged that the shifting violated the wildlife laws and demanded the relocation of tigers to their natural habitat.