A man was mauled by a tiger in the outskirts of the MP's Pench Tiger Reserve on Monday morning.
The incident occurred when Sohan Lal, a resident of Jhamrapani village, took his cattle out for grazing to the South Seoni Kurai Range, about 450 kilometers from the state capital, in the morning.
Seoni district forest officer RS Kori confirmed that the tiger attacked Sohan Lal – injuring him.
“Sohan Lal has been injured on his shoulder, head and thigh. He has been referred to the district government hospital, where he is being treated,” he said.
Kori said that the tiger had attacked two heads of cattle in the night — killing one and injuring another.
“This village is close to the forest area and Pench Tiger Reserve. But we are not sure whether this tiger had come from the Tiger reserve, or it lives in the forests outside the reserve,” he said.
Seoni’s chief conservator of forests Sanjay Shukla told Hindustan Times that the tiger had killed a cow the previous night and was feeding on the kill when it encountered Sohanlal.
He said that though the tiger had moved away from the area, its movements are being monitored.
The area where the incident took place was close to the buffer area of the Pench tiger reserve.
Pench National Park, named after Pench river, is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara.