In the second incident of feline fury in Madhya Pradesh, a tiger killed a 22-year-old woman while she was collecting firewood in a jungle bordering Kanha National Park.
Earlier on Friday, a stray tiger mauled a village teacher, Amosh Lakra, to death in Bandhavgarh sanctuary.
The national park incident took place on Saturday in a jungle bordering village Majhipur in district Mandla, about 500 kilometres from Bhopal.
The deceased has been identified as Ram Bai, a resident of Majhipur village, adjacent to Sarhi range of the Kanha National Park. The villagers cremated the body on the same day after postmortem.
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The two incidents don’t relate to one tiger as the spots are spaced over 300 kilometres apart, forest officials said.
Kanha National Park field director KS Chauhan said a team of wildlife experts mounted on elephants had successfully hooted the tiger back into the core sanctuary area to ensure such incidents don’t recur.
He said the tiger couldn’t be declared ‘maneater’as the incident was a natural mishap.
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The forest department has provided a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh to the family of the deceased.
Kanha National Park is spread over 940 km of stretch covering Mandla and Balaghat district