A tiger that had escaped from the Jim Corbett National Park and killed a woman last week was captured early Wednesday from the Sarpduli range of the park and sent to a zoo in Naintal.
The forest authorities' decision to move the big cat to the zoo raised eyebrows as it could have been moved to another part of the park. "At least we managed to save the tiger. We had the support of Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and decided to move it to the zoo," said state's principal chief conservator of forest R.B.S. Rawat who along with park director Vinod Singhal took the decision.
WII dean V.B. Mathur said forest authorities took the decision and they only followed the orders.
The Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) is disappointed. “The tiger could have been shifted to some other forest zone," state executive Rajendra Aggarwal said.