The recent sighting of a female tigress at the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary has raised concerns among the people. PRATIK PARAB speaks to range forest officers to get details
The Range Forest Officer of Mhadei Range, Prakash Salelkar, while speaking on the tiger sighting, said “We have got beautiful results after the camera traps were placed in 2013 by my RFO colleagues and Mhadei has never let us down.
RFO Paresh Porob said. “Just having the camera traps placed doesn’t give any results. The forest and the track of the animal has to be followed well and only then the cameras get the images you want”.
When asked regarding the installation of cameras, Paresh said, “Our team had initiated the fixation of camera traps in 2013 and on April 18, 2013 we got the first sighting of a tigress and it was appreciated by the Government. A congratulatory motion too was also moved by MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh for the effort put in by the Mhadei range team.”
According to the RFO of Mhadei Range, Prakash Salelkar, in 2013 they got two more tiger sightings wherein they had recorded a tigress cub and it got sighted it again fully grown in 2016.
The camera trapping of tigers and the followed consequences are very serious as the constant fear of the threat to those endangered animals is always there. Tiger as an animal in his habitat is mostly misunderstood of having areas and ranges. All theories of Tigers being shy and furious have been proven wrong when the forest range team had documented a tigress passing right through a habited village.
Fifteen camera traps have been fitted in the main areas and they have been constantly documenting the movements of all kinds of the forest life. “The recently documented tiger is a female adult and we have had a series of sightings in the past,” told RFO Salelkar.
Naturalist Kiran Prabhu Malkarnekar while speaking on the sightings said that they are happy with the sighting of tigers and have said that it is overall a good sign for the endangered animal as well as the state. “I had met the former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Richard D’souza and brought to his notice of having spotted a tiger near my area Malkarne. Not much happened on that front till now,” said Kiran.
Kiran further said that every sighting has confirmed of tigers having a habitat in Goa and now the Government needs to move fast to protect the endangered National animal and their habitat. “All that the tigers need is proper prey and food and there has to be stricter anti poaching mechanism and guarding of the areas in place. Finally the hinterlands may somehow gain attention and the small marginalised rural people will prosper. There needs to be more proactive participation of the forest officials for the relocation of people in these areas as incidents of tiger attacks if any in the future may bring bad name to the entire forest region” said Kiran.