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Updated: January 14, 2014 05:12 IST

Man-eater throws trackers off trail

D. Radhakrishnan
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As many as 18 camera traps have been set up in Dodabetta to track the tiger that has been elusive for over a week. Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
The Hindu As many as 18 camera traps have been set up in Dodabetta to track the tiger that has been elusive for over a week. Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Camera traps in two places capture images of a leopard

The man-eater of Dodabetta, which killed two women and a man over one week, continues to evade the large contingent of armed police and forest personnel deployed.

With even the use of firecrackers to flush it out not paying off, the personnel suspended tracking the tiger for most part of Monday at Kundahchappai and its surroundings. The animal is believed to be prowling in an area extending over five hectares facing Kundahchappai.

“The tiger seems to be changing its location frequently, but it will be captured,” Chief Wildlife Warden Lakshmi Narayan said. Forest department sources said the search team would move into the forests after sunset.

Nilgiris Collector P. Sankar said the animal had not gone past any of the camera traps placed at different spots over the last couple of days. The number of camera traps had gone up from 18 to 28 and it would be increased further.

Meanwhile, fresh pug marks of a leopard were spotted in the area, and at two places camera traps captured images of a leopard.

Residents face hardship

The movement of the people remains restricted in the Dodabetta area and villagers have begun to experience hardship. In the 24 affected villages that has a population of about 15,000, many are landless labourers. On account of the lurking danger, they have not been able to go to work for more than a week. A casual labourer, Sarasu (52) of Gandhinagar, lamented that her family’s plans for Pongal had been dashed.

Pointing out that there were villagers who owned small tea or vegetable gardens, she said they could not be maintained as the risk of attack from the carnivore persisted.

N. Mani, Joint Director of Horticulture, said work at the Doddabetta farm of the department had come to a standstill.

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can you please decide whether it's a tiger or a leopard that you are reporting to be the man-eater?

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 09:08 IST

It is heartening to learn that no shoot-at-sight order is being issued. As Corbett had observed, a Tiger turning a Man-Eater is mostly due to humanbeings and their indicriminate actions. He opines that a poor shikar trying to shoot the animal injures but fails to track and kill the animal. This injury may cause the animal not being able to pray on its natural food items such as deer, langur or even samller animals is forced to pray on weaker pray - human being. I Hope and pray this animal is captured and transferred to a zoo soon. As the forest cover shrinking at an alarming rate and human population growing uncheked it is inevitable animal-human conflict will continue to increase much to the disadvantage of tha animals.

from:  M.Padmanabhan
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 02:53 IST

This is what happens when we humans encroach into their habitat. This wildlife is our natural resource and we should protect it for the future. Proper town planning should be done to separate our homes from their homes. Fence or walls can be built at locations where there is high probability of animal wandering out. Please don't kill this tiger.

from:  Vivek Agarwal
Posted on: Jan 14, 2014 at 21:47 IST

An alternative view. I am neither a supporter nor a activist. Just a common man opinion.

Forests are the place where the animals have the sole authority to live. Why are we hunting or seducing them ? We human beings with all the senses should try to move away from the forests and live at some common places. Villagers who have decided to live know the risks of animals. In fact, we are disturbing them with latest camera traps, tranquilizers, fire crackers. Live the nature to lead a natural life.

May be, this is a opposite view of common man. But this is the fact !!!

from:  Vinoo
Posted on: Jan 14, 2014 at 21:32 IST

Where is Jim Corbett?Get Nawab Shafat Ali Khan of Hyderabad (The
Hindu of 13th August,2013) to eliminate the man-eater.The crowds of
hunters will surely keep the animal away from being hunted.

from:  K P Natarajan
Posted on: Jan 14, 2014 at 07:27 IST
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