A man was mauled to death by a tiger in the buffer zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in MP’s Umaria district. His half-eaten body was recovered by forest officials on Saturday morning. In another case of man-animal conflict in MP, a leopard attacked a villager in Pahadi Bujurg village in Tikamgarh district and was later captured by Panna officials.
Field director Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, K Raman told HT over the phone that 45-year-old Chhotey Lal Baiga was killed in the Manpur area of the buffer zone on Friday evening. He had gone to graze his cattle in the area and was reported to be missing by villagers ever since.
This was the second tiger attack on Friday in the buffer zone. A farmer, Sitaram, from Mardari village of the buffer zone, was attacked by a big cat in his field and was seriously injured. He is undergoing treatment at the Jabalpur hospital.
“Tigers are very active in the evening, so people who go to forests to graze cattle should be cautious and come back before dusk,” said Raman.
In August last year, a tiger had killed a farmer in the buffer zone of Bandhavgarh.
Leopard attacks villager in Tikamgarh village, captured by Panna officials
A villager was mauled by a leopard on Sunday morning in Pahadi Bujurg village in Tikamgarh district.
According to locals, Raghu Kushwaha, 42, had gone to defecate in the open when a leopard hiding nearby attacked him. Kushwaha received injuries in his chest and face and shouted for help, following which villagers came to his rescue.
Kushwaha was rushed to a community health centre at Jatara and later referred to the district hospital in Tikamgarh where he is currently undergoing treatment.
After locals informed the forest department officials about the leopard menace in the area, a rescue team from Panna Tiger Reserve arrived to catch the big cat.
The area, in the meantime, was cordoned off. With the help of local forest officials and the police, the team — led by sub divisional officer, Panna tiger reserve, SK Gupta — succeeded in tranquillising and catching the leopard by evening. The efforts of the team were, however, impeded by villagers pelting stones at them, after which the local police forced them to leave the area.