Work in a group, back off if you encounter a dangerous animal | Nagpur News

Nagpur: Working in groups, withdrawing if a wild animal is in front of you, patrolling areas of human presence near the buffer zone and reviewing the need for protective huts where there is no human presence are some – some of the instructions issued by the Tigre Tadoba-Andhari Reserve (TATR) management of the park to its field staff and managers.
The 16-point advisory issued by field director Jitendra Ramgaonkar follows the murder of ranger Swati Dhumne by the tigress Maya in the central Tadoba area on November 20. line of fire and wildlife habitat management work. The concerned forester was tasked with guarding this group of workers and the RFOs were requested to provide a vehicle to assist them.
Guardsmen and van majors were told to retreat if they saw a life-threatening carnivore or new pug marks while on patrol. Officials were ordered to hand weapons to staff who have been trained to handle them.
Employees have also been urged to restrict two-wheeler traffic in the central area and now no staff will accompany NGO or forestry officials without permission from the field director or deputy director (nucleus). If staff accompany them, full responsibility for their safety will rest with the said NGO and those in charge.
Staff were also urged not to venture into Tigress Maya (T-12) territory on foot and not get out of the vehicle. STPF jaws were also instructed not to approach conflicting animals without proper planning. On June 3, TATR’s wildlife vet was seriously injured in a tiger attack in Doni after a rescue went awry.
Deputy Director (Principal) Nandkishore Kale said: “The rehabilitation of the protection huts has been going on for 3 to 4 years. We have moved a few boxes in the margin for better monitoring. Second, instead of a beat as a unit, now a turn – which includes a group of beats – will be a unit so that work can be done in groups. There will be no compromise with protection.
Bandu Dhotre, a member of the state board of directors on wildlife, said that given the unfortunate incident, the actions taken by TATR are crucial. “To counter the insecurity among the staff working with the” round “as a unit is safe. If the state is serious about avoiding such incidents in the future, all vacant positions must be filled. Of the 70 ranger post in Tadoba, 27 are vacant.
“Some points are contradictory. Relocating protective huts to sensitive areas is not advised given the threat of poaching. Relaxing patrols in itself is contrary to NTCA guidelines. Instead, more vehicles can be deployed, ”said Gadchiroli Honorary Wildlife Custodian Uday Patel.
Patel added, “The advisory says ‘no’ to night patrols, but management has no problem with night tourism. The department should involve like-minded people committed to saving wildlife as volunteers for the patrols. They can offer their services for free.
“Why the tigress turned violent also needs to be investigated. The way Tadoba is stressed by VIPs and tourists has an impact on the behavior of the tiger. They have lost the fear of humans and this needs to be discovered, ”Patel says.

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