The IFAW reports that a Royal Bengal tiger captured, radio-collared and relocated last year following conflict with people near a village in India’s northern Assam province has survived and is doing well.
In March 2010, the adult male tiger strayed into a house on a tea estate and attacked three people, killing two of them. The tiger was found hiding in a store room and tranquillised then captured by IFAW-WTI vets assisting the Assam Forest Department.
Thankfully, in this case, the authorities made a decision to give the tiger another chance.
The tiger was then taken to the IFAW Wildlife Rescue Centre in Kaziranga, fitted with a radio collar and transported 280 miles to Manas National Park. This was the first tiger released to the wild in this World Heritage Site (located in the foothills of the Himalayas in north east India along the border with Bhutan).
Since the tiger’s release back to the wild, there have been no reports of it attacking people – this strengthens the case for rehabilitation of tigers that accidentally come into conflict with people.
The wild tiger population has plummeted from about 100,000 in 1900 to as few as 3,000 wild tigers today living in less than 10 percent of their historic range.