Three days on and efforts of the MP state forest department to capture tiger T1 in Kaliasot-Kerwa area of Bhopal failed to bear fruit on Saturday.
However, tigers T1 and T2 were caught on the CCTV camera near Kerwa Chowki in the wee hours of Saturday.
The forest officials have installed six CCTV cameras in the Kaliasot-Kerwa area of Bhopal to track the elusive tiger.
Tiger T1 is said to have killed and eaten one of two baits tied by forest officials.
A team of almost 200 with two elephants have been hard at work in the area to capture tiger T1 for the past three days, but to no avail.
Forest department officials have speculated that the bursting of crackers during Diwali has possibly scared the tiger to go deep into the forest, making it harder to spot it.
After spotting the tiger on CCTV footage, forest department officials were hopeful that either of the two tigers or both would return to the bait on Saturday afternoon but it didn’t happen. After waiting for hours for the tiger to show up, the team called off the operation at 4 pm.
Speaking to HT, divisional forest officer AK Singh said, “The forest department had tied two baits. T1 ate one of the baits near Kerwa Chowki in the wee hours of Saturday.”
Regarding the decision on relocation of the tiger, Singh said a press conference would be held on Sunday to clear the air over the department’s move. However, sources have indicated that the forest department has decided to radio collar the tiger first.
For radio collaring, a five-member expert team from Panna Tiger Reserve reached Bhopal on Saturday. The team is expert in tranquilizing and in radio collaring and was part of the search operation.
Movement in the area for common people remained restricted on Saturday.