Tigress active in Itkhedi area

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2017 11:47:56


Staff Reporter,

Forest Department fails to trace location

Villagers residing around Itkhedi area, Berasiya Road, are scared of tigress and cub for past three days. A complaint regarding issue has been filed with Forest Department.
Concerned with complaint of villagers, forest team visited the area and tried to trace the felines. However, after several efforts forest team could not trace the pug mark or any other proof of the feline’s presence.

Villagers said they have sighted the feline along with cub at Shantidhaam. Locals of the area claimed that they have watched the same feline fifteen days back too. Bhopal Conservator of Forest S P Tiwari said that field guards and search team tried to find out the tigress but there were no such proofs.
According to locals of area, dogs started barking loudly in the village after sighting the felines.

Apart from Itkhedi, tiger’s prowl is also there in Kerwa, Kaliyasot and Sehore Budhni jungles. Villagers residing around jungle areas are reeling under state of big cat’s fear as man-animal conflict news is continuously being reported.
While people around Budhni (district Sehore) are scared of 6 to 7 tigers and leopards, villagers around Kerwa, Kaliyasot and Mendora are scared of young male tiger. As tiger and leopard are attacking villagers and even forest guards frequently, Forest Department is trying to monitor the area at best level.

Forest Department has assigned duty of guards in selected area and six teams are monitoring the entire area in Budhni jungles. Announcement is also being made to make people alert. Forest department is tracking the big cats through camera and trying to trace its pug mark.

SN Khare, Range Officer, Budhni Forest, said that there are 6 to 7 tigers and about 30 to 40 leopards active in the area. He said numbers of big cat are rising rapidly so there is need to drive off them inside jungle. A few weeks ago, a female leopard attacked a man in Shahganj forest area under district Sehore. Forest Department increased patrolling of guards and security provisions in the area. On November 16, tiger attacked a cow in the same area. Concerned with the safety issue of villagers, district forest officer writes to the head office for tranquilising the big cats. S N Khare said there are three teams monitoring the area and night patrolling has been increased around the villages. The Forest Department has assigned daily monitoring of field guards and announcement is being made in the area for keeping villagers away. The team is also tracking the pug mark of tiger to trace the location.