CNP relocates wildcat to Bardiya for lack of reliable accommodation

Published On: September 14, 2023 01:15 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

CHITWAN, Sept 14: One of the tigers taken into control from Amaltari of Nawalparasi along the Chitwan National Park (CNP) has been relocated to Bardiya over the lack of a proper structure to keep the animal.

Ganesh Prasad Tiwari, CNP’s information officer, said earlier park authorities took control of these tigers due to their increasing threat to human settlements. Initially, a cub was spotted in a human settlement, followed by the sighting of a male tiger of around 10 years of age. The adult tiger had already begun preying on domesticated animals.

The seven-month-old male cub has been kept in Kasara, which lacks a proper enclosure for adult tigers. Currently, Kasara is home to four tigers, including the cub. One of the tigers, an approximately 10 years old male tiger, was brought here some four years ago while another of around 10 years of age is also a male and was brought in from Devnagar three years back. The third one, which is a female of around 13 years of age, was caught from Madi last year.

These adult tigers are kept in concrete structures.

Now the total number of tigers kept in cages in Chitwan has reached six, with two located in Sauraha.

Authorities are compelled to take these wildcats under control to prevent potential human-animal conflicts in nearby settlements, but they are facing accommodation issues. As part of preparations for the Bharatpur Visit Year in 2024, the park plans to establish an open enclosure for tigers near Devnagar, it is said.


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