Captured Royal Bengal tigers released into forest

Two Royal Bengal tigers which strayed into villages near the Sundarbans have been released into deep jungles by the forest department, officials said today.

Last Updated: May 25, 2010, 23:07 PM IST

Barasat: Two Royal Bengal tigers which
strayed into villages near the Sundarbans have been released
into deep jungles by the forest department, officials said
today.

The Forest department captured a tigress last night after
it strayed into a village at Hingalganj, adjacent to the
Sunderbans in North 24-Parganas district.

It was released today into the Baghmara forest deep into
the Sunderbans, the officials said.

On Thursday, a tiger had entered Shamsernagar village
after swimming across the two-km wide Raimangal river. It
killed livestock before being trapped by the Forest department
staff the next day.

It was released into the deep forests on Saturday, they
said.

Forest officials said tigers had been regularly entering
human habitations ever since cyclone Aila wrought havoc in the
Sunderbans.

One of the reasons for frequent cases of tiger straying
is the dwindling prey base in the Sunderbans, possibly caused
by cyclone Aila, they said.

-PTI

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