Buldana: A male sub-adult tiger (TWLS-T1-C1) on Monday reached Dnyanganga Sanctuary in Buldana district covering a distance of 1,300 kilometers across Maharashtra and Telangana in a span of about five months. He had left the Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Yavatmal district in June 2019.
Both Tipeshwar and Dnyanaganga are in Maharashtra. T1-C1 was born in Tipeshwar to resident female tiger T1 somewhere in late 2016 and the cub, along with his two male siblings C2 and C3,were separated from the mother during early 2019.
As a part of long term tiger monitoring and dispersal studies undertaken by Maharashtra forest department (MFD) in collaboration with Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, (Studying the dispersal of tigers across the eastern Vidarbha landscape), C3 was radio-collared on February 25 this year and subsequently C1 was radio-collared on February 27 2019 by the team of WII.
The purpose of the study was to monitor the dispersal pattern of the sub-adults which are normally in the process of exploring new areas to set up their territory. After initial movements inside Tipeshwar, C3 and C1 started exploring adjoining Pandharkawda division and bordering Telangana area.
The tiger crossed hundreds of villages, agricultural fields and habitations in six districts in two states. So far, he has not entered into any conflict with humans except the cattle kills that he made for survival and an isolated avoidable incidence of human attack when villagers approached very close to the tiger in Hingoli district.