While the incident has made speculations and raised several questions over relocation of tiger in one of the two states (Madhya Pradesh or Gujarat), Umag Singhar, the Forest Minister of Madhya Pradesh has said that “security of animal is important, not the border it stays in.”
Speaking to Newsd, Singhar said that “Tiger is a free animal. It cannot be and must not be bound with territorial boundaries. India is a federal state and such elements can’t be claimed by one entity. It has to be shared by everybody with full honour and pride.”
“All we are concerned about is the security of the Animal. We urge the Gujarat government to take necessary action into the relocation of the big cat.”
“Recently nearly 25 lions died in past two months following which it has been advised to relocate in wild cats in order to save their species. Even after the advised directions to relocate the endangered Asiatic Lions, Gujarat government seems to be reluctant. But we urge to the concerning authorities to not bound the mobility of animals,” added MP Forest Minister.
He continued saying that, “We are at our utmost presence to serve the wildlife, flora and founa. Weather it is the lions or the tiger that has been spotted in Gujarat, we will serve unconditionally for the betterment of forests.”
The limelight on this tiger comes at a time when the MP forest department has decided to notify the densely-populated tiger habitat region of Ratapani as a wildlife division. There are more than 34 tigers in about 2,170 sq km of Ratapani forest and environmentalists have long been pressing for declaring it a tiger sanctuary.
Wildlife officers and environmentalists in Madhya Pradesh are stunned at how the big cat crossed densely populated regions without any conflict with humans, unlike the tiger that walked in here from Maharashtra, killing two people on the way.