The West Bengal Forest Department is bringing six tigers to the Buxa Tiger Reserve in the Alipurduar district as part of its effort to increase the population of big cats in the national park, an official said on Saturday.
The six big cats are coming from Kaziranga National Park in Assam, Chief Wildlife Warden Ravikant Sinha told PTI.
“Agreements have been made to ensure the safe and smooth transit of the animals,” he said.
Sinha said that the government wanted to increase the population of Royal Bengal Tigers in BTR, the largest forest in North Bengal with an area of 745 sq-km.
“Two Royal Bengal tigers have recently been spotted through our camera traps in Buxa. These two big cats were seen from various locations throughout the forest’s core area. So, there are already at least two tigers, and we need to increase the number, “Sinha said.
The six tigers are being relocated from Kaziranga to Buxa because, the official said, these two reserve forests have similar habitats.
The BTR, which stretches through the plains and foothills, has around 390 sq km of core area and is home to 73 species of mammals including leopard, chital deer and wild boar.
Recently, the forest department had begun a short film about the BTR, the official said.