Limping tiger ‘disappears’, gives scare to foresters

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 May 2018 10:06:25


Special Correspondent & Ramtek Correspondent,

Disappearance of a limping tiger for a while in Mogarkasa forest, Paoni Forest Range, created panic among Forest Department officials and field staff members on Wednesday.
Forestmen noticed an injured tiger on Tuesday in compartment no: 440, near Mogarkasa Rest House on Tuesday at 10 am. Kishor Kailuke, Range Forest Officer, Paoni, told ‘The Hitavada’ that the nine-year-old tiger was suffering from an injury on the right leg and it was not able to walk properly. The staff members got surprised to see full-grown tiger in Mogarkasa, where carnivores are not generally sighted.

Upon getting information, Vishal Borade, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Kailuke, Shravan Khobragade, RFO, Ramtek, and staff reached the spot on Wednesday to capture the beast for treatment.
However, the tiger was not to be seen since morning. G Mallikarjuna, Deputy Conservator of Forest, was present at the spot.

Later, Hemant Kamdi, Asstt IG, National Tiger Conservation Authority, Nagpur, Dr Gautam Bhojne, Kundan Hate, Honorary Wildlife Warden, and Vinit Arora also reached Mogarkasa. The field staff of Forest Department and Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra undertook combing operation in the jungle area right from morning. At last, they could sight the injured tiger hiding in bushes around 30 metres from the rest house at 5 pm.

Kailuke informed that the field staff members have been deployed at the tiger spot for the whole night to keep vigil. The rescue operation will be taken up on Thursday morning as per the NTCA guidelines to capture the limping tiger. It will be then sent to Gorewada Rescue Centre for treatment, he added.