The Forest Department is taking steps to trap a straying tiger which created panic among villagers at Paplassery, near Vakery, in Wayanad district.

A 40-member team led by South Wayanad divisional forest officer P. Dhaneshkumar scoured a coffee plantation of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation, under the Chethalayath range, for the tiger on Monday. The animal was sighted there on Sunday.

Mr. Dhaneshkumar said 15 men had been patrolling the area. This apart, two cages with live baits had been placed inside the plantation.

N.M. Premraj, tahsildar, Sulthan Bathery, told villagers that the district administration would hold a meeting of residents, people’s representatives, and forest and revenue officials to tackle the man-animal conflicts in the area. A youth at Moodakolly, near Vakery, was killed by a wild elephant recently.