Tigress caught in Mysuru field; second in 24 hours

Oct 11, 2017

MYSURU: A tigress lurking outside Nagarahole Tiger Reserve was captured by forest department personnel in HD Kote taluk on Tuesday . The operation came within 24 hours of the capture of another tigress from neighbouring Bandipur which had attacked a woman at Dodda Baragi village in HD Kote. Nagarahole tiger reserve director S Manikandan told TOI the tigress was seen with a cattle kill by villagers on Sunday morning.The tigress had half-eaten its kill which the villagers removed soon after. “We began monitoring the movement of the wild animal three days ago. The tiger made a kill on Tuesday afternoon too. So, after discussing with senior officials, the permission to dart the animal was sought,” Manikandan said.

The tigress was found in a field at Naganahalli village near Taraka dam, fall ing under Antharasanthe forest range in HD Kote taluk. As news of the operation spread, hundreds of villagers from Naganahalli turned up, swamping the elephants carrying the gunmen and forest personnel scouring the field.There was fear, but excitement too. Villagers said the tigress had entered their village a month ago and was regularly killing cattle.Many were afraid to go to the fields as the big cat was lurking around.

For the combing operation, the foresters summoned three Dasara elephants – howdah elephant Arjuna, Abhimanyu and Krishna. Arjuna came from Balle camp and Abhimanyu and Krishna from Mathigodu camp.
The tiger was sighted in the afternoon but it gave some chase, darting in and out of the green. Around 4pm, the forest staff noticed the tigress near a paddy field and shot darts to tranquillize it. A forest officer said three shots were fired. While two shots missed their target, the third dart hit the animal. Later, using a trap net, they captured the animal.
It has been shifted to Mysuru Zoo for treatment. This is the second animal to be sent to the zoo in two days, after the Bandipur tigress.

Source: Times of India