RAMNAGAR . Citizens of this quaint town, home to Jim Corbett National Park woke to the sad news of the death of two staff members of the national park at the hands of a wild cat. The tiger was a man-eating tiger who was roaming in the tourist zone and attacked and killed two security guards. After much efforts of the forest officials, the tiger was captured from the forests of Tun Bhuji that is close to the Dhikala zone of Jim Corbett National Park
The national park, the oldest in India, is divided into five zones, with Dhikala being the most popular and visited safari zones. The tiger had killed two guards in the Tun Bhuji and another in Khinanauli forests in the past couple of months. After much effort made by the officials of the Jim Corbett National Park, the tiger was finally captured after being tranquilized.
The Chief wildlife warden, Mr. Rajiv Bhartari informed that the tiger was caged to prevent any more casualties happening. After much contemplation, the authorities decided to send the tiger to Nainital zoo instead of setting him free deep in the jungle.
Why sending tiger Vikram to Nainital Zoo is the best decision ?
Nainital zoo is the new home for the man-eating tiger captured after much effort of forest officials. Named Vikram by the zoo officials, the tiger will now be an added attraction to the popular Nainital Zoo, which is also the home to Tibetan wolf, the Japanese macaque, Himalayan Black bear, Himalayan Martin, leopards and different types of deer, pheasants, parakeets, etc. This decision is in the best interest of both the wild animal and the nearby population.
Encroachment of forest areas by humans to cater to the housing needs of the growing population is one of the reasons for the increase in the presence of wild animals, especially big cats in villages. This acts as a threat to humans and wildlife too. The already dwindling population of big cats is a matter of concern.
After being sent to the Nainital Zoo, the zoo authorities after careful inspection concluded that Vikram was past his prime and could no longer hunt in the forest as he had lost the sharpness of its canines. On average, the tigers can hunt in the wild till the age of 8 years. Vikram, already 11 years, could no longer hunt in the wild and therefore had turned his eyes on slower targets like humans, thereby becoming a threat to the nearby village population.
What’s in store for Vikram now?
Though, it was possible to send Vikram back into deeper sections of Jim Corbett National Park with a radio caller to track its movements, high-level forest committee decided against it due to Vikram’s age and health. It is now put in a quarantine zone to acclimatize it to the new surroundings before being transferred to a spot in the zoo where he can be seen by the public.