A tigress living in an abandoned rubber factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district at least since December 2019 has been rescued after an 18-day tracking operation, officials said on Friday.
She was released in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve overnight.
The tigress was first detected in the dilapidated factory, about 6 km east of Bareilly, in November-December 2019, said Mayukh Chatterjee, head of human-human conflict mitigation. wildlife at the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). The hindu.
The operation was carried out by a team from the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department with the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve and WTI.
Sushant Soma, Wildlife Biologist, WTI, said: “The tigress is a fully mature adult judging by the yellowing of her canines, around five to seven years old, but for her age she seems a little less developed at only 115 years old. kg of body weight and had a relatively small height (body length is 140 cm) and the size of a pug.
Spread over 1,200 hectares, the synthetic rubber chemical plant closed three decades ago, causing dense vegetation growth in its complex, he added. As a result, there was plenty of prey available including black billy goats, wild pigs, and rhesus macaques.
The abandoned factory is a dense maze of vegetation interspersed with huge sheds, oil tanks and broken down tunnels, Chatterjee said. The tigress was calmed down after being sighted in an old oil tank and earthmover was used to open the tank, he added.
Forest Bareilly area chief curator Lalit Verma said it was a delicate rescue operation as the tigress was confined in the oil tank. “We were hoping he would come out because of hunger, but he is not,” he said.
Mr Verma said the animal was spotted in March 2020 and remained at the scene for 15 months. “Normally at this point the animals would move elsewhere, but they were continually being spotted too late at night or early in the morning,” he said. An operation was launched to track down the tigress in 2020, but due to the pandemic authorities had to halt their efforts.
This is the second tiger rescued from the plant in the past three years.