A male tiger that was captured on camera eating its kill (a cow) near Bangli village in MP’s Shajapur district on Tuesday night has now apparently moved to Himmatkhera village, around three km away from Bangli. The forest department has found fresh pugmarks of the tiger in Himmatkhera village on Friday morning.
On January 3, the forest officials had reached Bangli, 40 km from the district headquarters, after a cow was killed by a wild animal in the village. Initially, the forest officials suspected that it was hunted down by leopards that are often spotted in the area.
The department officials had placed cameras near the carcass and also along the animal’s likely path of transit. The camera grabs showed that the bovine was killed by a male tiger.
This is the first time that a tiger has been spotted in Shahjapur and forest department officials believe that the tiger has come from the adjacent jungles of Dewas.
Sub-divisional officer (forest) Rakesh Lahari said they are confident that the tiger was roaming in a 10-km radius, but had concealed itself well and had managed to keep away from the cameras installed by the department.
Residents of both Himmatkhera and Bangli villages have been put on alert, he said.