Posted online: Saturday , March 15, 2008 at 11:14:54
Updated: Friday , March 14, 2008 at 11:36:31
Lucknow, March 14
A Tiger, which had earlier killed a boy, has killed a young woman today in the Dhorar Forest Range. The partial body of the unidentified woman was found outside Bhuvapur village in the morning after people noticed a trail of blood and pugmark of the tiger.
The recent incident has prompted the Lakhimpur Kheri Forest Division to initiate the process of declaring the tiger as a man-eater.
“We have sent a letter to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden DNS Suman requesting to declare the tiger a man-eater,” said North Kheri Divisional Forest Officer KK Singh.
Besides attacking and killing humans, the tiger has also killed four animals, a dog, a cow and two buffaloes, in the last two-and-a-half months.
The forest officials said that since tiger is a protected animal, it could be declared a man-eater only after prolonged efforts to trap the big cat fail.
The residents of Dhorar Forest Range have been asked to remain alert and teams of experts have been called to trap the animal. Singh said that he was sure that the tiger is still in the open fields of the village.
In the past, officials had tried to trap the animal but without any success. “We have been on our toes for the last two months. We have seen the tiger in the area several times, but every time it managed to escape,” said an official.
The hunt for the tiger picked momentum after it attacked two children ? Shiv Kumari Devi (10) and Suresh Rajpurt ? on February 24 in Baniyapura village. But when villagers made noise, the tiger left the children and fled. Both children were injured, but survived. On January 26, the same tiger had killed a 14-year-old boy Umesh.
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