Hyderabad: The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on Wednesday led an inter-State coordination meeting between Maharashtra and Telangana to get the two States on the same page to save tigers migrating from Maharashtra to Telangana. The move comes in the wake of repeated poaching of tigers and leopards in the Kawal Tiger Reserve and elsewhere in the erstwhile Adilabad district. Ten to 25 tigers, which migrated to Adilabad, ‘disappeared’ in the last decade and three were confirmed poached, two of them just this year. Because of this, Kawal Tiger Reserve and Adilabad were in the news for all the wrong reasons with respect to protecting the big cat..
According to a senior official who attended the meeting, the two States decided to set up working groups, which would follow up on issues such as identification of tigers that enter Telangana from Maharashtra. This was an ice-breaking session, wherein the two sides discussed better management of the Tadoba-Andhari-Kawal Tiger Landscape, the official said. According to a Telangana Forest Department press release, issues related to three important tiger corridors — Tipeshwar-Kawal Tiger Reserve corridor, Tadoba-Kawal Tiger Reserve and Indravathi-Kawal Tiger Reserve corridor — were discussed in the meeting. It was also decided that both sides will coordinate their monitoring of tiger movements. Recent incidents involving human-animal conflict and best practices were also discussed. The meeting was convened by NTCA under the chairmanship of Anup Kumar Nayak, Additional Director General (Project Tiger and Member Secretary), NTCA. Among those who attended the meeting were Munindra, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Telangana; Nitin Kakodkar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Maharashtra; Field Directors of Kawal, Pench and Tadoba Tiger Reserves, senior NTCA officials, DFOs, FDOs, ACFs and Range Officers of both States..