Operation to tranquilise tigress Sundari enters fourth phase

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Angul: As the attempts to tranquilise and capture the Royal Bengal tigress Sundari failed for the third time yesterday, the team of experts launched its fourth phase operation at Satkosia Tiger Reserve on Thursday.

According to available information, Sundari has moved to Chanchunia forest from Baghamunda after the six-member-team failed to dart the big cat in their third attempt on Wednesday.

While, the teams deployed in Satkosia to tranquilise the tigress have started the fourth phase operation, the experts from Bhubaneswar-based Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) has left the operation and gone back after their failed attempt last night, sources said.

It is worth mentioning here that despite tracking Sundari with the use of GPS and the massive search operation launched to capture her, the Royal Bengal tigress managed to give a slip to the forest officials.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Sandeep Tripathy, had informed that once the tigress is captured, she will be shifted to a special protected enclosure at Raiguda.

Meanwhile, panic gripped locals of the area as the tigress gave a tough challenge to the forest officials by remaining elusive and escaping dart shot three times. The villagers have intensified their demand of shifting tigress Sundari to a different location and far from human settlement.

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