Tigress on prowl near HD Kote resort

Nov 6, 2017

 MYSURU: A tigress, aged about three years, was spotted on the premises of the state-owned Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR) at Karapura on the banks of Kapila in HD Kote taluk on Sunday.
The animal was hiding in a bush next to the generator room at the property spread over 50 acres. The foresters are on vigil to ensure it doesn’t venture into human habitat. The big cat could have been injured or pushed out of its territory, officials said.

The forest department has summoned two Dasara jumbos – Abhimanyu and Arjuna – from Nagarahole to launch a rescue operation, if needed. The resort is not shut for tourists, but their movement has been restricted.

The big cat was first sighted at Karapura, about 77km from Mysuru, on Friday evening. The foresters launched an operation and laid camera traps. In the wee hours of Sunday, the cameras picked up the cat’s movement. It is suspected that the tigress could have swum across as the Kapila river is just yards away.

Sources said the department is awaiting direction from the National Tiger Conservation Authority to tranquilize the animal even as it has stationed staff at the site to keep track of its movements. The camera trap picked up the movement at 2.45 am.