Oct 22, 2014
Sitapur : It appears to be a dreaded diwali for those living in the village Godlamau of Sitapur district here as a wild tiger has Strayed from its habitat, posing a lurking danger on the lives of the villagers.The village Godlamau is situated barely 80 km from the state capital and this fact alone is enough to send shiver down the spine of the authorities concerned.A senior forest official told Indileak that the pug marks of this tiger in question were observed on banks of river Gomti on Monday at Godlamau village of Sitapur district.He said that after spotting of the strayed tiger by a few villagers, the forest authorities were informed of the same and the departmental officials immediately rushed to the site from where the pug marks of this feline was reported.He said that on examination of the pug marks and its stride which was 1.30 metre it was confirmed that it was a full grown tiger.According to the locals, earlier on Sunday the pug marks of this tiger was seen at Bhikampur village.
This village is 30 Km. away from the present location of the feline which indicates that it covered this long distance in a single night.After tracing the pug marks of the strayed tiger, the forest Department has launched an extensive combing operation in the area to ascertain the exact location of the tiger.Meanwhile, the Divisional Forest Officer of Sitapur has urged villagers not to disturb the tiger if spotted by them and instead immediately inform his office about its location.Here it may be mentioned that the forest department officials are unsure of the fact that whether the tiger strayed from thePilibhit Tiger Reserve or Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.This incident of tiger straying from its natural habitat is not an isolated incident as in the past also similar incidents were reported where tigers strayed from their natural habitat to cultivated fields.Experts are of the view that tigers generally stray out of their habitat in rainy season taking cover generally in sugar cane fields, a crop which is extensively grown in the state.In the past also tigers have strayed from its habitat and had been witnessed to move along the banks of river Gomti where enough scrub forest is present and treading this path they had reached quite close to the state capital Lucknow as well.At present the Forest Department is trying to locate the tiger so that it can be tranquilsed and after capture could be translocated to its natural habitat.
As posted in Indileak.com