Nagpur: The Forest Department and a team of over 100 volunteers have virtually launched a hunt, not for the kill but for tracing Jai, the iconic Tiger, who has gone missing from the Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary since the past three months. The Forest Department has even drew a master-plan to locate the ‘elusive’ radio-collared feline. In a high-level meeting held on Wednesday, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Wildlife Chief Shree Bhagwan had directed the concerned officials to mount a search on war-footing to trace the missing beast immediately. Subsequently, four teams have been formed who will scan Umred-Karhandla Sanctuary and the nearby forests as well as other places. Help of over 70 guides and vehicles of safari enjoyers will be taken in this effort.
Jai’s disappearance has led to panic buttons being pressed by many NGOs, wildlife photographers, tourists, guides, and conservationists who all have joined hands in search for the tiger. More than 100 volunteers from Nagpur, Chandrapur, Gondia, and Bhandara districts have pledged to track down Jai.