The Telangana forest division authorities sounded a excessive alert within the villages and hamlets surrounding Kawal tiger sanctuary in Asifabad-Kumaram Bheem district, a day after a tiger mauled a 21-year-old tribal to loss of life on Wednesday.
Sidam Vignesh, who went to the forest space with two others to graze the cattle, was attacked by a tiger at Digida hamlet of Dahegaon block. The tiger caught the youth by his neck and ran deep into the forest. Vignesh’s mauled physique was discovered by his pals, Bolishetty Naveen and Sidam Srikanth, and different villagers later within the night.
Forest division authorities say it’s the rarest of uncommon incidents within the Telangana forests.
“At the very least, I’ve not come throughout any tiger injuring human beings, go away alone killing them in my 25 years of service. I’m stunned the way it occurred,” A Shankaran, officer on particular responsibility (wild life) within the forest division, advised Hindustan Instances.
Apparently, the tiger had eaten some flesh of Vignesh’s physique, earlier than abandoning it. “There aren’t any man-eaters in our forests. So, it’s surprising for us. Could also be, the tiger was too hungry and may need not discovered its prey for a very long time,” he stated.
He stated there was additionally a risk of the tiger mistaking Vignesh as an animal, as he was in a bent place behind the bushes. “There are no less than 4 tigers within the forests shifting between Kawal tiger reserve and Tadoba tiger reserve in Maharashtra.
“They journey for 10-12 kilometres in a span of 10 hours. There have been incidents of tigers preying upon cattle within the tribal villages adjoining to the forests, however killing a person has by no means occurred earlier than,” Shankaran stated.
The killing of Vighnesh despatched panic waves among the many tribal folks within the space, who instantly alerted the native forest officers and the police, who launched a hunt for the tiger. “Now we have laid two trap-cages together with bait to catch the wild cat. We will put up two extra on Friday and are assured of catching the tiger,” the forest official stated.
As soon as the tiger is caught, the forest officers will take a name on what to do after consulting the Nationwide Tiger Reserve authorities. “We will determine whether or not we should always go away the animal deep within the forests or hand over to any zoo authorities,” Shankaran stated.
The forest division introduced an quantity of Rs 5 lakh as ex gratia to the household of Vighnesh. “We will hand over the quantity after finishing the formalities by the native income workers,” Shankaran stated.