Another tigress missing from Ranthambore

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Jaipur, June 2 (IANS) Another tigress has been reported missing from Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park as she has not been spotted for the past few months, an official said Sunday.

Tagged T-31, the tigress is the second big cat which has gone missing in the past two months. Earlier another tigress, T-17, was reported missing in April, a senior forest department official told IANS.

“Tigress T-31 used the Indala forest area as her territory. However, she has not been spotted in the past at least five months. She was neither caught on any of the trap cameras set up in the park nor was she spotted by any park employee or nature guide,” said the official, who declined to be identified.

“The tigress had not been spotted for the past five months. But when the forest department could not trace her during a waterhole census, it was obvious that she is missing,” the official added.

A team of wildlife experts will be constituted to trace the missing tigress, the forest department official said.

“A team is already trying to locate another tigress, T-17, which is missing from the park since April,” the official added.

Home to over 50 tigers, including cubs, Ranthambore is in Sawai Madhopur district, some 150 km from the state capital Jaipur.

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