Nagpur: In a worrying development, a tigress and her two cubs, who were regularly seen in Tadgaon forests of Mangrul sanctuary in Samudrapur tehsil, have gone ‘missing.’ The ‘missing’ tigers has put question mark over wildlife conservation being done at the cost of lakhs of rupees by Forest Department. Dried up waterholes may have forced the tigress and her two cubs migrate to other forests, sources said.
The Tadgaon forest was habitat of the tigress and her two cubs since the past 4-5 years. The Forest officials had made adequate artificial arrangement for availability of water to the wildlife. However, neglect of the waterholes over the time could have forced the wildlife including the tigress and her two cubs migrate to other forests, sources said.
Mangrul sanctuary is spread over 2500 hectares. Earlier, artificial waterholes were created for the wildlife. However, due to apathetic forest men, the waterholes dried up . The Tadgaon forest hosts an array of wildlife including Nilgai, deer, rabbits, wild boar, moneys in herds. The tigress and her two cubs were also regular seen in the forest.
Recently, ‘Jaichand,’ a ‘cub’ of iconic tiger Jai, also went missing from Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary. The radio collared Jai is also missing since one and a half years. Not only his whereabouts are missing, his foot-steps in the forest are not seen any more. On the other hand, the forest department has not yet started the effective drive to find him.
The radio collar of ‘Jai’ had also stopped sending signals from April 18, 2016 and since then there is no trace of this majestic tiger. Awfully, Jaichand is also reported missing. It may be noted that the cub had fallen into Gosikhurd canal in January this year due to the negligent attitude of the forest officials.