Tiger kills woman in Maharashtra

Man-wildlife conflict claimed yet another life in Chandrapur when, on Wednesday, a woman's partly eaten body was found near Lohara village.

Mangala Gulab Shende, 42, had gone to forest to collect firewood when, apparently, a tiger attacked her, around around 3 pm. "Parts of her neck and stomach were found eaten. We found tiger pugmarks near the spot," said N D Chaudhary, Divisional Forest Officer, Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM), in whose area the incident occurred.

This is the first death due to wildlife attack in Chandrapur district in the new year. Last year had recorded 18 deaths in Vidarbha, largely in Chandrapur.

A couple of days ago, a leopard had injured four persons near Mukutban in Yavatmal district.

Chaudhary said, "Because of many industries in Chandrapur, the wildlife corridors have been broken, which is one of the reasons for the conflict. The industries are supposed to take certain mitigating measures, which they are generally found to be ignoring. Hence, we have issued notices to Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station of Mahagenco and Maharashtra Electrosmelt Limited to do the same, asking why their environment license shouldn't be withdrawn in the absence of that."

The measures include maintaining cleanliness (not throwing eatables out in the open) and constructing solar fencing, according to Chaudhary.

Chaudhary claimed that a combined effort by Forest Department, NGOs TRACT and Eco-Pro including awareness and round-the-clock monitoring has resulted in the conflict going down in WCL and Ordnance Factory areas.

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