Maneater Tiger gunned down

January 28, 2011

Ramnagar (Nainital) – Uttarakhand

Combined efforts of the forest officials and local police gunned down a Tiger who had turned maneater. The Tiger last killed a youth on Wednesday. The Tiger was nabbed by a team of seven elephants and it took the official 32-rounds of ammunition to kill the poor cat.

Puran chand (28 years) was attacked and killed by this maneater Tiger when he ventured out to answer natures call in Sunderkhal adjoining Corbett Tiger Reserve. The local population sat down on an agitation and refused to budge till they (forest dept) kill the Tiger. Their anger was enough for Ramnagar Forest Department SDO Rama Kant Tiwari, forest officials and the police. They tracked down the Tiger who had come back to claim his kill from previous day. He was gunned down with 36-rounds of fire. Far too much ammunition for a single Tiger.

Another sad day when we lost one more Tiger because of humans. This time it wasn’t poaching but sheer lack of human intelligence. It shocks me to realize that humans have no clear-approach to address issues where animals turn man-eaters. Pity on you Jairam Ramesh.

 

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Within hours of making her last human kill the Corbett tigress has been shot upon by the forest officials. The tigress has sustained a bullet shot on her but didn’t die immediately. She ran away into the forest and the forest plus the hunters’ party is tracking the Tigress to hunt her down and kill her. The chance of her survival is low as the team is determined to kill this ill-fated Tigress.

Another wildlife management surprise unfolds after the forest department wilts against the human demands. The forest department was under immense pressure from the villagers to kill the tigress. Ideally they should have trapped the Tigress and should have devised a plan on how to manage the future of the Tigress. Apparently, a cage was set few days ago to trap her but a different male Tiger got trapped accidentally.

The report almost means that another VERY PRECIOUS Tiger is less from the forests on Uttarakhand and India. In other words – humans have killed another one.

This is sad news and another dark day in the life & times of Tiger.