Finally, foresters locate limping tiger, to tranquilise it today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 May 2018 10:43:18

Special Correspondent,

The sort of hide-and-seek game played for last three days by the weak and limping tiger ended when forestmen located it in bamboo clumps behind Mogarkasa Rest House on Friday. Following permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden, a team will tranquilise it early in the morning on Saturday.A committee formed as per the guidelines by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA, headed by G Mallikarjuna, Deputy Conservator of Forest, observed condition of the starving tiger and recommended need for minimum intervention to capture and treat the beast. Hence, the Chief Wildlife Warden granted permission to tranquilise the animal in distress to provide relief to it.

Mallikarjuna told ‘The Hitavada’ that such carnivores depended on easy prey and there were susceptible to attacking any human being or domestic animal to satisfy hunger. The Forest department had organised a beat to caution the villagers from Salai, Tangla, Hiwara-Bazaar and other nearby villages not to move in the open in view of presence of tiger. The tendu pluckers also stopped the activity in this sensitive area out of fear. The department has kept a treatment cage at the spot and prepared a team, including veterinary doctors, to tranquilise the beast. The operation will be taken up early in the morning in view of scorching heat. The spot where the injured sub-adult tiger is located has one waterhole but the forestmen have made arrangements for some more artificial waterholes in the vicinity.

Mallikarjuna also said that taking precautions, a dart with low dose would be fired as the beast is weak. Specialists will assess the situation and treat the animal in the cage there itself if the wound is medium. The animal may be brought to Gorewada Rescue Centre in case the injury is serious, he added. It may be mentioned here that Anil Salame, forest labourer, had seen the injured tiger on Tuesday in Salai Round, Paoni Forest Range, but the animal disappeared in the night of Wednesday. Even after deploying of team members the tiger gave slip to them on Thursday. Field staff members searched for the beast and found in the bamboo clumps behind the rest house.