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No animal-lifting incident reported after Friday

tiger hunt:Forest officials engaged in search operations with the aid of two Kumki elephants from the Bandipur Tiger Reserve on Wednesday.
tiger hunt:Forest officials engaged in search operations with the aid of two Kumki elephants from the Bandipur Tiger Reserve on Wednesday.

The search for a tiger that has strayed into human habitations near the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was intensified on Wednesday with the help of two Kumki (trained) elephants brought from the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka.

Three squads constituted for the hunt, headed by O.P. Kaler, Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Palakkad, members of the Special Tiger Protection Force from Bandipur and four veterinary surgeons are engaged in the combing operation. Though the team searched for the animal the entire day in the forest area adjacent to Odappallam, Veluthondi and Pilakkavu villages, they could not trace the animal so far.

“After Friday night, no animal-lifting incident has been reported,” Mr. Kaler told The Hindu . He said that the search team had adopted all possible measures and it was expected that the tiger would be trapped soon.

“Our team had searched the entire area, but we could not find even the pug marks of it,” S. Sreekumar, warden, WWS said. Night patrolling had been intensified near human habitats in the area apart from the usual perambulation in the night, he added.

Meanwhile, two wild elephants that appeared inside a coffee plantation created panic at Kenichira in the district. Radhakrishna Lal, forest range officer, Chethalayat forest range, said: “We are planning to scare away the marauding animals to the forest by cracking fire crackers in the evening.”


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