Carcass of man-eater found

A tiger, aged around 12 years, believed to be the man-eater that triggered panic in areas near Pulpally, was found dead at Velukolly area in South Wayanad forest division on Friday evening. The animal had killed a youth at Basavankolly on June 17.

The big cat attacked two forest officials recently while they were trying to chase it away from a human habitation near Pulpally.

The forest department had set up a cage to trap the animal, South Wayanad Forest Divisional Officer P. Ranjith Kumar said.

The carcass was found during a combing operation for the tiger. The animal had serious wounds on its body and it might have suffered them in a territorial fight with another tiger, Mr. Ranjith Kumar said.

The animal, named TR-80 by the department, had reached the forest division from adjacent Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Vijay Anandan, Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife, Palakkad, said.

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