Roar for Tigers

Another Corbett death, another tiger on prowl?

Another Corbett death, another tiger on prowl?

Feb 10, 2014

Yet another person was killed by a tiger late Sunday morning, some 20-25km from the spot where the west Uttar Pradesh man-eater tigress made its last kill three days ago. The death was reported from inside Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand and experts suspect the attacker was a different tiger, a male who may have previously killed a woman in the area on January 14.  At least nine people have been killed by tigers in UP and Uttarakhand in the past month-and-a-half, seven to eight of these attributed to the man-eater tigress. Corbett National Park’s field director Samir Sinha said the attack took place between 11 and 11.30am near a road that links the main Kalagarh dam on Ramganga river with the saddle dam in the core reserve area. The victim, Ram Charan, 45, was a worker for a contractor with the irrigation department. He was travelling in a vehicle with the contractor and they had stopped on the way. Ram Charan went into the forest for some reason, perhaps to relieve himself, when the tiger struck. “People rushed to his rescue on hearing his screams. But he was dead by the time they reached him,” Sinha said, adding that an ex gratia relief of Rs 3 lakh would be given to the deceased’s family. As the crow flies, the spot is around 15km from the site of the UP man-eater tigress’s last kill in Sahuwala forest range of Bijnor district on Thursday night. But experts say it’s unlikely that the UP man-eater was behind the latest death though the possibility cannot be ruled out. “There is thick forest in intervening area between Sunday’s kill and the one that took place on Thursday. This forest is populated by tigers. It’s unlikely, although not impossible, that the tigress would have traversed through territories of other tigers to get to the Kalagarh spot,” said Bivash Pandav, a wildlife biologist with Wildlife Institute of India. “We are not rushing to any conclusion,” Sinha said. “Our priority would be to establish the identity of the tiger. We are placing camera traps in the area to get pictures. Besides, forest staff would try to gather more information by patrolling on foot and on elephants,” he added.

As posted in timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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