The Bhopal forest division has stepped up patrolling in the forests around Kerwa and Kaliasot after fresh evidence of a kill made by a tiger came to light.
Two tigers were often sighted in the vicinity of Bhopal in the forests of Kaliasot and Kerwa close to about two months till December.
The tigers were not seen as regularly from December onwards, fuelling speculation that they have moved deeper into the Ratapani reserve from where they were making forays to forests of Kaliasot and Kerwa adjacent to Bhopal.
Bhopal conservator of forests AK Singh confirmed reports about a kill being located by forest department staff in forests of Kaliasot and Kerwa.
“A kill made by tigers was located two days ago,” he said.
Patrolling has been intensified after the location of kills pointing to the presence of tigers, he said.
“As long as the tigers are inside the forests there are no issues. However, the forest department needs to intensify patrolling and protection measures in case the tigers are sighted by people outside the forests as the risk of man animal conflict increased,” he said.
The forest department had made attempts to tranquilise the tigers and capture them to release them in a reserve away from Bhopal.
But, after an elephant mounted operation to capture them was launched, the tigers were not sighted around Bhopal.