May 3, 2015
LUCKNOW: Sounding an alert, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve administration has increased vigil at Sonaripur range, a tiger-dominated area in the reserve, after an iron-trap was recovered on Thursday. Cameras have also been installed in the range to catch hold of or gather clues on those who set up an iron mesh at the range, hardly a kilometer-and-a-half from the forest guest house. Though activists in the area say the trap was set up for a tiger, forest department officers maintain that the iron-trap was meant for herbivores that are present in huge numbers in the area. A long iron wire, made into a trap, was recovered at a waterhole in Sonaripur Range near the guest house which is under renovation. The recovery has put the reserve on high alert as hardly a week ago, carcass of an adult tiger was recovered from a canal in Barahi Range of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve.
“We have recovered the iron-trap, but it was made of thin wire and was too small for a big animal like tiger. A case has been registered and we have started investigation,” said deputy director, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, VK Singh. Cameras have also been installed at the site which is the core area of the reserve. The spot where the trap was recovered has two tharu villages— Barbeta and Poia— close by, and the area sees constant movement of tharus. Many a time, tharus and other locals are caught setting up iron-traps for herbivores like cheetals and sambhars. Traps are also laid to catch wild boars.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com