Umred-Karhandla Declared As Satellite Core Of Bor Tiger Reserve
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) last week approved recommendation of the Maharashtra chief wildlife warden to declare Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary as the satellite core of Bor Tiger Reserve. Currently, one male tiger, five tigresses and eight cubs make their home in the wildlife sanctuary while only four big cats live in the reserve.
Photo: Gaurav Shirodkar.
A189.28 sq. km. forest area just 60 km. from Nagpur, Umred-Karhandla will be the first sanctuary in Maharashtra to be declared as a 'satellite core'. Bor is a 138 sq. km. tiger reserve that is too small to support viable tiger populations. Now, with the status of sub-Protected Area, Umred will support the actual Protected Area.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Sarjan Bhagat said, "The state government will issue a notification declaring Umred-Karhandla's new status soon." He said the department was in the process of constituting a committee to declare Umred-Karhandla a Critical Tiger Habitat (CTH) and also identify a buffer zone around it.
On April 21, Sanctuary Asia editor and noted environmentalist Bittu Sahgal had written to CM Devendra Fadnavis and NTCA asking that the ecologically-flourishing Umred-Karhandla, notified as a wildlife sanctuary on June 29, 2012, be made a tiger reserve. A five-member committee headed by Debabrata Swain, Inspector General of Forest (IGF), had submitted a report to the PCCF supporting Umred-Karhandla as CTH. Swain said there was a greater need for tiger conservation in areas like Brahmapuri that houses 25 tigers.
Source: The Times of India.
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