Forest dept. on alert after tiger movement outside KTR

Shepherds advised not to venture into the forest areas

Movement of a transient tiger in the peripheries of a village in Mancherial district has kept the forest officials on tenterhooks, while spreading fear in the surrounding villages.

The tiger is said to have been spotted by a few villagers on the outskirts of Kushenapally village in Nennel mandal, who reported the matter to the Forest Department. Senior officials have confirmed the news, and said pug marks were spotted in the area, which falls outside the core and corridor areas of the Kawal Tiger Reserve (KTR).

On Wednesday, the Ramagundam Commissioner of Police V. Satyanarayana has issued an advisory asking the Mancherial district police to be on alert, and caution the people within the purview of their police station about presence of the tiger. Cattle- and shepherds should be advised to be cautious and not venture into the forest areas during night time.

Severe action will be initiated against those using electrified barbed fencing around their fields or for wild animal hunting, and any attempt to harm the big cat will invite cases under PD Act, the advisory warned.

Officials from the Forest Department are suspecting the tiger to be one of the two spotted in Kagaz Nagar over a fortnight ago. The felines moved here from Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve of Maharashtra, and have since been moving in the corridor area of the KTR. While two tigers were caught on the camera trap, the staff could capture pug marks of only one among them, which, they confirmed, is a very healthy adult tiger of six to seven years of age.

The tiger was even spotted by passengers travelling by bus on the Penchikalpet-Bejjur road. More camera traps have been set up in the area, to get more details including sex of the animal, officials informed. With increased protection, tiger numbers in the KTR core and corridor areas have increased, officials claim. While the core area is now habitat to at least two tigers, the corridor has quite a few including four cubs from the second litter of Phalguna, the matriarch that has made Kagaznagar her home.

A cub from Phalguna’s first litter is now a fully grown adult tigress, moving in the Chennur forest area. The cat has a snare around her waist, in which she was caught as a cub. Attempts by the Forest Department to capture her in order to free her from the snare have remained futile so far.

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