Forest officers on the lookout for tiger after three attacks

Taken aback by tiger attacks in the recent past resulting in the killing of two persons and injury to one, forest officials here are contemplating measures to either cage the big cat or to tranquilise it.

Updated: Apr 02, 2011, 12:41 PM IST

Chandrapur: Taken aback by tiger attacks in
the recent past resulting in the killing of two persons and
injury to one, forest officials here are contemplating
measures to either cage the big cat or to tranquilise it.

Officials said that the tiger was just over two years of
age and might have been separated recently from its mother.
G R K Rao, Conservator of Forests, Chandrapur Circle
said that his officials were put on alert soon after the first
incident of tiger attack last month.

Five teams comprising 8 to 10 members made of forest
officials, police and villagers are on the vigil and trying to
locate the tiger around five villages near the area of
attack. The pug marks suggest that it is a sub?adult tiger and
going by the pattern of its attack, it is beyond doubt that
it is not an established man-eater, Rao stressed.
He said that priority would be given to either caging the
tiger or tranquilising it so that it could be shifted to a
safer area.

He said that baits in the form of goats were placed at
five different places in the area and one of the baits was
devoured by the tiger. Now, the next step would be to place
the bait in a cage, as the tiger that is now used to baits is
likely to walk into the cage, anytime. But if it does not, the
next option is to tranquilise it for which two experts have
been already deputed in the area, he added.

Talking about logistics, he said that about 450 villages
are located either within the forest area or on the fringes
and the presence of villagers makes tranquilising process a
tough one as the target often gets disturbed.

The beast needs to be tranquilised during daytime and
that too if it is sighted within a range of 25-30 meters
offering a clear shot at it, he stressed.

He said the officers have been tracking tiger`s
movements and villagers in the area have been asked not to
venture into the forests after sunset.

PTI