October 10th, 2008 – 9:07 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, Oct 10 (IANS) A man-eater tiger is giving sleepless nights to forest officials in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit district as all attempts to trap it have proved futile.Following this, the locals in the area are living in constant fear of the animal’s attack.
“The tiger has evaded us on several occasions. On Thursday, the tiger came very close to the cage seeing a goat inside it but managed to give us the slip,” division forest officer Pramod Kumar told IANS over the telephone.
Two days ago, the tiger had strayed into Nadha village in Pilibhit, over 250 km from Lucknow, and killed a local. Since then the big cat is on the prowl, he added.
With the forest officials’ efforts going in vain, they have now turned to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The tiger had strayed from Pilibhit’s Mala forest range that is home to about 10 tigers, officials said.