The Hindu Times reported last week seven female and three male tigers in the reserve are untraceable in the last five years, the Rajasthan government says.
The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district is now home to 62 tigers, the highest number in its history.
In a written reply to a question in the Legislative Assembly, the State government said the number of tigers in the reserve has increased over the years.
However, the number of big cats is more than the reserve’s capacity leading to migration and territorial adjustment of weak and adult tigers. The reserve is spread over 932 sq. km.
A report with the reply stated that seven female and three male tigers in the reserve are untraceable in the last five years.
Referring to the assessment of wildlife experts, the government said nearly 20% of tigers either die annually due to various natural reasons or migrate to other territories.
The government also said that arrangements of safety and monitoring of tigers has been done.
LPG connection was given in villages located near the reserve to reduce the dependency on forests, whereas villages Kathuli (151 families) and Bhid (139) have been completely relocated from the forest area.
Bhimpura, Dangra, Unchi Gawadi and Kalibhaat villages have been partially relocated and the work is going on and the procedure to relocate Kala Khorra, Talda Khet and Gadhi villages on priority basis is also proposed.
The government also informed that 105 families from Kankwadi, Umri, Sukola, Dabli, Haripura, Kraska and Devari villages, which were located in the critical tiger habitat, have been completely relocated from the Sariska tiger project.
Sariska is located in Alwar district.