Tiger corridor could be satellite core for KTR

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Tiger corridor could be satellite core for KTR

HYDERABAD: The forest department has proposed to include the tiger corridor area in Asifabad district abutting Kawal Tiger Reserve (KTR) as a satellite core. More tigers are spotted in the corridor of Chennur and Kagaznagar than KTR core area, it said.
After two human kills by maneater-tiger, the forest department is focussing on man-animal conflict in the region. KTR project field director CP Vinod Kumar said both Didiga and Penchikalpet where two teenagers were mauled to death fall under the tiger corridor and not in the core reserve.
Officials said tigers come from Maharashtra and Indravati. The tiger reserve has been formed with intention that the corridor will act as a passage. However, there are impediments between a core tiger reserve and tiger corridor like railway tracks and NH-363.
“We have decided to propose to National Tiger Conservation Authority for declaration of corridor areas as satellite core. We are going to issue a draft notification soon. They are no more transient tigers and have become resident tigers in corridor area,” Vinod said.

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