‘Kumki’ elephant ‘Yashoda’ reaches Satkosia to catch tigress ‘Sundari’

Angul: After repeated failure of almost 10 days to tranquilize and catch the Roayal Bengal tigress ‘Sundari’, the Forest Department today brought in trained ‘Kumki’ elephant ‘Yashoda’ into operation in Satkoshia Forest Range.

‘Yoshoda’ which was brought from Chandaka Forest in a truck last evening has reached Sakosia and has been given rest. The trained elephant will be engaged on trnaquilization operation by this afternoon, informed Forest Department sources.

Notably, efforts of at least two tranquilliser teams from Pench and Kanha tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh, which are camping in Satkosia to tranquilize the tigress have gone in vein. Now, the Forest Department has launched a strategy to fire tranquilizer to the ‘Sundari’ from atop the ‘Kumki’ elephant.

Sundari was brought from Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve to Satkosia wildlife sanctuary on June 28 to increase tiger population in the state later turned into man eater. Residents from the villages located near Satkosia demanded shifting of the tigress after it attacked two locals including a woman from Tainsi village at a later stage. The tiger also attacked a journalist who was trying to collect news in Satkosia area recently.

Also Read: Tigress Sundari to be shifted to Nandankanan: Odisha Minister

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