Chennai, Jan 2 (BPNS)
The Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) has sought permission from the Tamil Nadu Chief Conservator of Forests to provide live sambar and spotted deer to a tiger that has a dental problem and is under captivity at the ATR at an enclosure for the past one year.
Permission is sought from Chief Wild Life Warden Srinivas K. Reddy to capture deer and provide them to the tiger so that it hunts it down and feed at the enclosure in Mandrimattam, Valparai where it has been lodged since the past year after the dental surgery.
The ATR officials have already submitted a proposal to the chief Wildlife warden to grant permission to capture Sambar and spotted deer to provide to the tiger so that it can hunt it down in the enclosure. The tiger which is recouping from dental surgery is not hunting now and is eating rabbit meat, beef, and chicken which is now fed to it. This, according to ATR officials will reduce the hunting capacity of the tiger and will be difficult for it to survive in the deep forest to catch prey once it is relocated to the forest.
Sources in the ATR told BPNS that the tiger is active and is spending time in a cave in the enclosure and drinks 2 to 3 liters of water and eats around 6 to 7 kg of meat. The meat that it consumes is not adequate for the big cat to survive and hence the proposal to hunt down sambar or spotted deer.
The animal is in the enclosure for the past year and even now the tiger is maintaining good health except for the dental issue which is now much better.
An officer with the ATR told BPNS that the tiger has to now commence hunting its prey and for supplying live animals to the tiger which is under captivity in an enclosure permission is required from the chief wildlife warden.