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Tiger causes panic among villagers in south Kheri

Patrolling teams of forest department have been deployed to keep a tab on tiger’s movements

lucknow Updated: Sep 10, 2017 13:29 IST
Deokant Pandey
Deokant Pandey
Hindustan Times, Lakhimpur Kheri
tiger,Lakhimpur Kheri,Uttar Pradesh
The tiger was captured in forest department cameras on September 6 (HT Photo)

Movement of big cats in agricultural fields close to the Devipur beat of Mohammadi range under south Kheri forest division in Uttar Pradesh has created panic among villagers.

Infra-red motion cameras installed by south Kheri forest division officials captured the movements of a tiger in a field on the night of September 6.

The cameras were installed after a tiger killed a 52-year old farmer Prem Chandra in his field on August 28.

Two persons were killed in tiger attacks on August 1 and April 13. The images of the tiger on September 6 night were captured near the field where Prem Chandra was killed.

When the images came to public notice, people became afraid of going to the fields. Patrolling teams of forest department have been deployed to keep a tab on tiger movements.

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A Devipur forest beat official confirmed to HT that cameras of the department had captured the tiger images.

“Apart from this, the movement of at least three other tigers has been detected in the area,” said the official who did not wish to be named.

Divisional forest officer Sameer Verma had also admitted movement of big cats in the area when he had described tiger roars as the probable reason for the heart failure of a dozen monkeys in Aonla forests. The forest authorities have urged the local villagers to remain alert and stay in groups in the fields. They also urged them to avoid visiting the fields at night or enter the reserve forest areas.

Wildlife expert Dr Vijay Prakash Singh told HT: “A tiger has a tendency to visit the area of its last kill again and again as it expects easy prey at that spot.” “This continues till some disturbance distracts it and forces it to move elsewhere,” Singh added.

First Published: Sep 10, 2017 13:29 IST