Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Stray tiger captured after 3 months in India

Stray tiger captured; to be released in Dudhwa - Courtesy of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)
May 2012: After more than three months of ‘hide-and-seek' in small forest patches amidst human dominated landscape in Uttar Pradesh, a tiger was captured by a rescue team from the Forest Department.

"The tiger is likely to be released in Dudhwa," said Mahendra Singh, Conservator, who led the operations on ground. "Our message to public during such situations is to avoid disturbing the tiger, which can also affect rescue operations."

First reported in January
The tiger was first reported in early January this year. Since then, efforts to capture the animal as a pre-emptive measure to prevent conflict with people had proved fruitless.

While, there were several close calls, the tiger had successfully avoided the persistent capture attempts including strategic baiting and tranquilisation, cage traps and even pits.

The tiger was tranquilised by the rescue team near the remains of a bait that had been left out to lure it.

"We had expected the tiger to return to its kill in the Sissoo plantation in the Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture. So, at dawn the team was strategically placed in the patch - some members on elephants others in vehicles, to surround the tiger from all sides if it approached the kill," said Devendra Singh, Biologist, WTI, who along with WTI veterinarian Saurabh Kumar Singai were on one of the elephants.

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