Straying tiger hurts 3 near Nagpur
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A tiger wandering close to Bhivapur, a tehsil town 70 km from here, the past few days came out in the open crossing a highway, entering farms and injuring three Saturday in a day-long hide-and-seek drama.
Acording to reports, the tiger was hiding in bushes in a farm till late in the evening barely 50 metres from the highway, with forest department staff trying to push it into the wild.
The area is adjacent to the newly-carved Umred-Karandla Sanctuary but forest department sources said the full-grown tiger may not be from there but a visitor.
A strayed tigress had to be shot in Gondia district last month after it killed five women.
Pench Tiger Reserve field director Srinivas Reddy said: "This seems to be a visitor, according to local wildlife watchers. It killed a few cattle over the past few days, including a calf Friday. During the confusion in the morning, when crowds surged to see the animal as it crossed Nagpur-Chandrapur Highway in broad daylight, it injured two. Later in the evening, another person received scratches when the tiger tried to scare him away in a mock attack."
Honorary wildlife warden Roheet Karoo, who has documented and identifies all tigers in Umred-Karanla, said, "The animal seems to be a new visitor."
Sources said, "People haven't been allowing the tiger to eat its kills. That's why it is returning to the town."
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