Stray tiger still in Barabanki
27 Dec 2008, 0215 hrs IST, TNN
LUCKNOW: The stray tiger spent yet another day in Barabanki. Eversince the big cat entered the division on December 8, it has its longest stay in Bara Banki, changing ranges to its comfort. The feline has occasionally shifted to Gosainganj and Mohanlalganj.
Its current location is at Kaiserganj area in Harak range of the division. The combing operation on Friday ended without trace of the big cat. Officials only have its pugmarks to believe that the big cat is still present in the vicinity.
The tiger began its trail in Bara Banki from Hathapurwa hamlet on December 8. It moved over to Vahlidpur and Saili Kiratpur villages on December 12. After brief stay in Gauriaghat village of Gosainganj and Bastauli of Mohanlalganj, the big cat moved back to Bara Banki on December 20. His presence was reported from the Chaksar forest.
Proximity to the Gomati and patches of forest all through the division are providing a perfect habitat to the wandering big cat. And, the latest pattern of movement show that it is heading east.
The tiger has also claimed its first human kill, in his month-long journey, in Bara Banki. However, the stay of the tiger in Bara Banki has not forebode good for its life. The shooting orders and cash award of Rs 5,000 have made safety of the big cat a challenge for the Bara Banki staff.
The staff is camping in the division and keeping a watch on the movement of the tiger. The department has also sought the help of local police to control villagers who are after the tiger’s life given the announcement of the award.