Hyderabad: A tiger from India just made the record books as it walked for 1300 kms in five months in search for a prey, territory or a mate. The tiger walked across 2 states of Madhya Pradesh and Telangana spanning six districts before reaching the Dnyanganga sanctuary in Buldhana district of Maharashtra.
The two and a half year old male tiger reached it’s new territory in 150 days from Tipeshwar tiger reserve in Yavatmal district, also in Maharashtra. (where he was born) It is also a home to 10 tigers in Maharashtra.
The tiger which is fitted with a radio collar left Tipeshwar tiger reserve in June and was tracked travelling over farms, water and highways and also into a neighbouring state.
The tiger called C1 was one of the three male Cubs born to T1, at Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary.
The tiger tracked through GPS locations has been recorde at more than 5,000 locations in the past nine months.
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During it’s travel, it hid in the morning and travelled in the nights killing wild pigs and Cattle for food.
With the increase in the number of tigers in India, it is now a home to 70% of the World’s tigers.
It is also feared that the connection with the tiger in the near future might be lost as the battery of the radio collar has been drained by 80%.
The field director of Pench Tiger reserve, Ravikiran said – ” It’s worth noting that the tiger, while travelling more than 1300 kms and crossing over hundreds of villages, agricultural fields and habitations in 6 districts in two states, never entered into any conflict with humans except the cattle kills that he made for survival. ”
“An isolated avoidable incidence occured when villagers approached very close to the tiger in Hingoli District.”
The dispersal of C1, C2, C3 and the 2016 sub-adult tiger all across the landscape indicates that Tipeshwar is a potential source area and tigers need more space in the landscape.