Expert tiger tracker rushed to rescue of K4

It will take about 30 or 40 hours to understand its movements and then come out with a plan to help the big cat recover, says Wasif Jamshed, expert in tracking big cats.

By Author  |  Published: 14th Jun 2018  12:20 amUpdated: 14th Jun 2018  12:17 pm
Wasif Jamshed K4
Wasif Jamshed

Hyderabad: Wasif Jamshed, the expert in tracking big cats and tranquilizing them, on Wednesday said it will take about two or three days to study the behaviour of K4, the tigress in Chennur forests. “Before taking any decision on a plan of action, I will need to learn about its behaviour pattern before it was caught in the snare and after. I will discuss with the Forest Department officials and staff in detail and then go into the field to study what K4 is up to,” he told Telangana Today in an interview at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport immediately on landing.

Jamshed, deputed by Union Minister Maneka Gandhi to track the tigress and tranquilize it in an attempt to put K4 back on a possible path to full health, arrived here in the city on Wednesday evening. He will reach Mancherial on Thursday and hopes to hit the field soon after. The experienced tracker, who has tranquilized several leopards and tigers in different parts of the country so far, said his only goal was to reduce man-animal conflict.

“I think I will spend the Id with the tigress,” he said.

The Telangana Principal Chief Conservator of Forests PK Jha told Telangana Today that he had received phone calls from Maneka Gandhi as well as Governor ESL Narasimhan on Tuesday on K4 and its condition. “We assured the Union Minister of full cooperation and assistance to Jamshed in his task. Our ultimate aim is to make sure that the tiger is safe and healthy,” he said.

Jha also said he updated the Governor on K4’s status and the steps being taken to ensure the tigress’ safety.

Jamshed, when asked how long it might take to get to understand the tigress’s pattern of movements and its behaviour towards human presence, said: “It will take about 30 or 40 hours of work after which I should be ready to discuss with officials and prepare a plan of action.”