Sundarbans (WB), July 6 (ANI): Wildlife authorities released a tigress with animal tracking chip to keep an eye on the psychological behaviour of the big cat in Sundarbans forests in West Bengal.
The seven-year old tigress, which had entered Satjelia village under Gosaba block of the Sundarbans delta a few days ago, was trapped on July 2.
The sensitive microchip, fixed on an ear of tigress, will be monitored remotely and provide information about the movement of the tigress.
The chip system is being used for the first time in West Bengal.
India has half the world's surviving tigers, but conservationists say the country is losing the battle to save the big cats. There were about 40,000 tigers in India a century ago, but decades of poaching had cut their number to about 3,700, according to a count conducted in 2001 and 2002. (ANI)