30 tigers to be relocated from Chandrapur to other parts of state: Mungantiwar


Maharashtra Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has said that to curb the incidents of human-animal conflict in Chandrapur, a total of 30 tigers will be moved from the district to other parts of the state.

In the first phase, five felines will be moved to the Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reseve in neighboring Gondia district, while in the second phase, 25 individuals will be moved to other places in the state, he said.

Mungantiwar, Minister of State for Forestry and Cultural Affairs and also Minister of Guardian of Chandrapur district, spoke at a program on ‘Opportunities and Activities in the Fishing Sector’ at Saoli tehsil in Chandrapur on Saturday night.

“The number of people dying in tiger attacks (in Chandrapur) is increasing day by day. Therefore, it has become necessary to take measures to reduce human-animal conflict. The number of tigers in the district has increased and they are inside human habitats,” he said.

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“The tigers in Chandrapur district will be moved in two phases. In a first phase, five of them will be moved to the Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve in Gondia. In the second phase, 25 other tigers will be relocated to Sahyadri, Melghat and Sambhajinagar,” he added.

The state government has obtained the necessary authorization from the center, the minister added.

The relocation of tigers will provide relief to villagers in Chandrapur and help reduce human-animal conflict, he said.

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