Spl team launches drive to trap two menacing big cats

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Feb 2018 09:06:02
















Yavatmal Correspondent,

Forest Department launched the drive on Saturday to catch
the man-eater tigress and tiger alive that have claimed the lives of 10 persons in last one-and-a-half years in Ralegaon tehsil of Yavatmal district. A team from Navegaon Nagzira Tiger Reserve consisting of a veterinary officer and local foresters has arrived in Yavatmal. Moreover, an elephant from Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) has been summoned for the drive.

It may be mentioned here that Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has stayed shooting order issued by A K Misra, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), against the menacing tigress till February 6 and has asked to capture both the big cats alive. Wildlife lovers Sarita Subramanyam and Dr Jeril Banait had filed the petition. 

Meanwhile, the residents of Borati, Zotingdhara, Khairgaon, Warud, Loni, Tijani and other 25 villages who are reeling under the threat of tiger attacks have expressed their anguish for ‘inaction’ by Forest Department. The irked villagers had set the vehicle of Ralegaon SDO Sandip Apar on fire a few months ago when the tigress killed a cattle grazer at Sakhi Krishnapur village. A special team from Tadoba, Pench and Melghat was summoned to tranquilise the beast and CCTV cameras were installed following the incident. The team searched the forest area and also installed smart cages with bait, but the big cat remained elusive.

Another tigress found dead in Brahmapuri forest

 Chandrapur Correspondent,

A decomposed body of a full-grown tigress was found near village Gangasagar Heti in Talodhi Forest Range under Brahmapuri Forest Division on Saturday afternoon. Sources in the forest department informed that a team of forest department was on patrolling in the forest area when it found a decomposed body of the tigress at compartment no-90, some 500 metres away from village Gangasagar Heti in the afternoon. The forest officials of Talodhi Forest Range and other senior officials rushed to the spot on getting information. The tigress might have died about four days before and is in highly decomposed state. The forestmen moved the carcass to Sawargaon forest nursery in the same range after inquest formalities later in the evening, as it was not possible to conduct autopsy due to darkness. Official sources, however, mentioned that the cause of death is still uncertain. The body parts of the feline are intact. The actual cause of death will be detailed after postmortem on Sunday morning, said sources. 

It may be mentioned here that second death of tigress
in Chandrapur district within 12 days. A tigress was killed in
territorial fight with other tiger at Sindewahi Forest Range on January 23. Our Special Correspondent adds: Kulraj Singh, Deputy Conservator ofForest, Brahmapuri, Hemant Kamdi, AIG, National Tiger Conservation Authority, Bandu Dhotre, Honorary Wildlife Warden and representative of PCCF (Wildlife), R M Wakde, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Dr Koranne, Dr Chonkar, Dr Ganvir and others were present on the spot. Further investigation in under way.