King of forests in danger in state
Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh once came to limelight as the number of tigers in the park, which had once lost all its big cats, touched 32. But today MP is in limelight for the wrong reasons—-death of 33 tigers in 13 months.
The tiger faces grave threat in the state. Reasons for the death of India’s national animal have ranged from electrocution, poaching, poisoning, infighting, natural deaths, human-tiger conflict to rail/road accidents.
Tigers are not safe anywhere. Deaths have been reported from protected reserves, open forests and national parks.
The responsible officials are not reacting and the government has not raised alarm.This situation is alarming and there are fears that time would come soon when we would not be in a position to say, “Tiger Zinda Hae.”
It is now the time to wake up and take firm measures to save the king of forests. The unabated death of tigers has put a question mark on the modus operandi of the MP Forest Department.
In the year 2017, the death of 26 big cats has shattered the dream of Madhya Pradesh as ‘tiger state’ and now ironically the state leads in the highest number of tiger deaths in the country.
Forest Department tries to pass off deaths as natural. Renowned wildlife experts have been shown the door.In the last 13 months, on average three big cats have died every month.
Besides there is no information about four tigers spotted in Dewas district and one tiger in Khandwa few months back. Ironically the Forest officials of the state are trying to prove that most of the deaths were natural and so there is no need to alarm.