Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan
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In 2018 under the Interstate Transfer Project, Sundari was involved in a couple relocating from Bandhavgarh tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh to Satkosia tiger reserve in Odisha. Unfortunately the male tiger died in Satkosia and the tigress was then moved to an enclosure.
In his letter to Patnaik, Chauhan cited media reports as stating that Sundari was not being maintained as per the Wildlife Act standards. That is why the experts who went to Satkosia saw that the tigress does not see the natural behavior. Chauhan said that after the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in the early month of 2020, a team of experts from Madhya Pradesh visited Satkosia to investigate the possibilities of transferring Sundari back to Madhya Pradesh.
He wrote in the letter, but it was found by experts that it might be dangerous to leave Sundari in the jungle because he spent a long time living in the enclosure and constantly surrounded by people. Chief Minister Chouhan further said that experts suggested to move him to a big tiger safari enclosure.