A tiger that allegedly mauled a tribal farmer to death last week is still roaming the region, causing panic among the rural population and keeping Forest officials on their toes in Asifabad for the fourth day in a row.
On Sunday night, the tiger allegedly attempted to attack a bull in a shed in Kukuda village, Bejjur mandal.
On November 17, the tiger that mauled a tribal farmer to death in Gondapur village in Wankidi mandal wandered into the forests of the Kaghaznagar division.
The wild cat was spotted near human settlements, agriculture fields, and forest fringes in several parts of the division, which is known for tigers migrating from the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve and Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra.
The tiger was spotted near Marthidi village and is now believed to be moving through the forests of the Bejjur range.
It had previously relocated to an irrigation tank near Babasagar village in Chintalamanepalli mandal on Sunday after killing a sheep in Sirpur mandal on Saturday.
Four animal trackers, forest department employees, and WCS volunteers have been deployed to track the tiger’s movements.
G Dinesh Kumar, the in-charge District Forest Officer (DFO), has been camping in Kaghaznagar since Thursday.
Forest officials have requested a special rapid rescue team from the Kakatiya Zoological Park in Warangal, which includes a trained veterinarian, to capture the wild cat if it exhibits abnormal behavior while cages with live baits are kept ready.
Residents of Kagaznagar’s Balajinagar, Kousarnagar, Sriramnagar, Shivpuri, and Bariguda colonies have been advised to avoid morning walks for a few days. Announcements are made over temple and mosque loudspeakers.
Recently, a 69-year-old farmer was mauled to death by a tiger. The tribal farmer was working in a cotton field when the wild cat attacked him, dragging his body towards the hills, according to forest officials; however, they are unsure whether the old farmer was attacked by a tiger or a leopard.
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