Wednesday March 19 2008 09:55 IST
MADIKERI: The tiger that had been on the prowl, killing cattle and posing a threat to the people of South Kodagu, was finally trapped on Monday night. As soon as the news spread, people from surrounding areas heaved a sigh of relief and thronged to see the tiger in captivity.
The captured tiger, a male, is aged about eight years, forest officials said. The cage was kept at a paddy field at Vatekadu village in South Kodagu on Monday morning and the tiger was trapped at around 8 pm when it entered into the cage to eat the carcass of a bison kept inside it.
Though the department had planned to shift the tiger by Monday midnight, the people objected, demanding compensation for the cattle it killed. Finally, the tiger was shifted to the Mysore Zoo on Tuesday afternoon. The wild animal was seriously injured in a vain attempt to escape from the cage.
The tiger had killed 32 heads of cattle in West Nemmale, Teralu, Sreemangala, Beeruga, T.Shettigeri, Kutta, Nalkeri and other villages in South Kodagu. Deputy Conservator of Forests, (Madikeri division), B B Mallesh, assistant conservator of forests, Nagarajachar, assistant conservator of forests, Govindaraju, range forest officers from Virajpet and Nagarahole National Park, Gajanana Bhat and Poovaiah, veterinarian from Mysore Zoo, Nanjappa, circle inspector Mallesh and others visited the spot.
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