Bhubaneswar: The Odisha wildlife forest team has finally succeeded in tranquilizing Sundari, the Royal Bengal tigress of Bandhavgarh tiger sanctuary of Madhya Pradesh relocated in Satkosia forest of the state. Following reports of Sundari becoming man eater, the forest officials with the help of tiger experts from Wildlife Institute of India Derhadun and veterinary doctors were after the tigress to tranquilize, capture and quarantine. Sundari was tranquilized near Majhipada village under Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Angul district, said the assistant conservator of forests (ACF) Suvendu Behera.
The tigress was tranquilized from atop elephant Yashoda, which was brought from Chandaka forest for the purpose. Sundari will be taken into an an enclosure before being shifted to Nandankana Zoo near Bhubaneswar.
The tigress was relocated from Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve to Satkosia wildlife sanctuary in Angul district on June 28 as part of a inter-state transfer project to increase the big cat population in Odisha.
However, locals are demanding shifting of the tigress from the forest after it allegedly killed an women before killing an elderly man, Trinath Sahu, on October 21 at Tainsi village under Satkosia forest division.