The male tiger that had been terrorizing the villagers of Bangli, Himmatkhera and Ghunsi areas of the Shajapur district for the last eight days was finally captured with the help of elephants by the forest department team on Monday morning. These villages are situated around 35 to 40 km from the district headquarters.
Forest department officials said that teams from Van Vihar, Bhopal, Satpura tiger reserve and Ujjain forest department came with two elephants and started tracking the tiger. It was spotted at around 10 am and tranquilized and then put in a cage. It will be sent to Satpura reserve forest.
Villagers heaved a sigh of relief as soon as the news of the capture reached them. The villagers had been so terrified that they had stopped moving out after sunset and were not even irrigating their fields. Now everything is back to normal in these villages.
The tiger first killed a cow in Bangli on January 3. Then it shifted to Himmatkhera where its pugmarks were found and then it made another kill in Ghunsi a few days later. Initially the forest department thought that it was a leopard, but when the image of the tiger was caught in camera eating its kill in Bangli alarm bells started ringing as this was a first time that any tiger had been spotted in Shajapur. The forest department officials had been tracking the tiger but had failed to capture, till the elephants were pressed into service.