WALKER, the tiger that got here to be identified for its marathon walk of over 3,000 km, has not been seen in the Dnyanganga Wildlife Sanctuary in Buldana direct, the place it had settled down for greater than a 12 months after its epic journey, for over a month now.
Melghat Tiger Reserve Discipline Director, Srinivas Reddy, informed The Indian Specific, “Walker was final seen about a month in the past… it has not been seen since then. We guess that it may need moved out in quest of a mate.”
Walker had began strolling from the Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Yavatmal district, the place it was born, in June 2019 to achieve Dnyanganga Sanctuary in December 2019 after a number of twists and turns across eight districts of Maharashtra and Telangana. Fitted with a radio collar, the tiger could possibly be tracked until February 2020, when its radio collar was taken off by distant management. Since then, the tiger had been stationary in the sanctuary.
By the way, Walker was the first tiger to have been seen in Dnyanganga Sanctuary. This had excited native politicians, with Buldana Shiv Sena MP Prataprao Jadhav pitching for offering the animal a mate and turning the sanctuary into a tiger-bearing space, which, he stated, would increase tourism potential of the space and generate employment.
A committee, arrange underneath Reddy to recommend whether or not a mate could possibly be supplied to Walker, gave a optimistic report, however Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Nitin Kakodkar is but to provide consent.
Kakodkar stated offering a mate to Walker alone gained’t assist. “Dnyanganga is an island. We’ve got to additionally consider the future when the tiger inhabitants grows. Tigers ought to have the ability to transfer out and in thorough corridors. Except we create congenial situations for future administration, the thought to supply a mate would serve little goal,” he stated.
“I’ve not but obtained any response on the concern. However now Walker is greater than three years previous and desires a mate. So, it’s probably that it may have moved out in quest of one,” stated Reddy.
Requested if there may be any approach Walker could be tracked now, Kakodkar stated, “We had studied its motion utilizing a radio collar. After that, we saved monitoring the animal utilizing cameras traps. Now, now we have let Walker lead its life because it deems match. In any case, we are able to’t monitor a tiger all its life. That’s not attainable. However we are going to hold in search of details about if and when it’s seen by individuals or our employees.”