The special investigation team appointed by National Tiger Conservation Authority, headed by former chief of Project Tiger P K Sen, has returned the verdict that Panna has no tigers. The park has only two borrowed tigresses, translocated from Kanha and Badhavgarh recently. This is a nose dive in the fortunes of a park that once boasted 40+ Tigers.
A survey conducted by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) recently had found only one surviving tiger in park. That is also gone now.
MP’s minister for forests Shri Rajendra Shukla has officially confirmed the sad news. The minister has ordered an enquiry.
High Range Tidings is appalled and saddened by this news. We don’t think a run of the mill jaded enquiry would produce anything worthwhile. We have always maintained that the job of managing the wildlife reserves should be left to competent hands who love wildlife. From men who see the postings in the park as just another job and a walk in the park, nothing more can be expected.
This is warning for the entire nation. We exhort central environment minister Shri Jairam Ramesh to intervene and come up with innovative schemes for the protection of tigers. The crux of the problem remains the attitude of ill equipped unmotivated front line staff