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Uttarakhand forest department declares elusive tiger as ‘man-eater’

A tiger that killed a woman on January 26 was declared as a “man-eater” by the forest department, an official said on Thursday

dehradun Updated: Feb 01, 2018 21:55 IST
Mohan Rajput
Mohan Rajput
Hindustan Times
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Forest staff equipped with tranquiliser gun were deployed to catch the big cat .(HT File - Photo for representational purpose )

A tiger that killed a woman on January 26 was declared as a “man-eater” by the forest department, an official said on Thursday.

The announcement comes after forest officials confirmed the animal to be a tiger following examination of its pug marks and hair in Nainital’s Dolly range, where the incident took place.

Forest staff equipped with tranquiliser gun were deployed in the area and cages being placed to catch the big cat following permission granted by the chief wildlife warden. A team is also camping in Baurkhatta village situated near the place where the incident took place.

It was the third incident of attack by a big cat in less than in two months in Gaula forest that falls in both US Nagar and Nainital districts.

Nithish Mani Tripathi, divisional forest officer of Terai east, said, “Since the big cat fed itself with flash of two victims therefore, it has been declared man-eater. We have received the permission from chief wildlife warden for tranquilising or catching it.”

“We have installed three cages in the Baurkhatta forest on Thursday. 25 camera trapps have already been installed.”

“The animal is most probably a tiger because pugmarks and hair found near the killing spot seems to be of a tiger. However, we have sent a sample of hair to Wildlife Institute of India to ascertain the identity of big cat.

“On the other hand, movements of a tiger have been noticed recently in that area,” Tripathi said.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 21:55 IST