Another tiger attack sets off fresh alarm

Another tiger attack sets off fresh alarm

A combing operation at Maguvanahalli and surrounding villages, in Gundlupet taluk, Chamarajanagar district.

Two days after the Forest Department rescued an adult tiger which had allegedly mauled three people to death in villages under Dodda Byrankuppe (DB Kuppe) Grama Panchayat, one more tiger attack was reported in the taluk on Monday.

According to sources, a tiger suddenly appeared on the road near Thimmanahosahalli and chased Venkategowda, who was walking on the road. He had a narrow escape. The incident occurred on Monday morning.

The big cat later entered a cowshed nearby, belonging to Shivanna, and tried to attack his son who saved himself by running into the house. The tiger killed a two-year-old calf in the shed and dragged it away.

The two incidents have left people in the villages panic-stricken. This has led to suspicion over the tiger rescued by the Forest Department on Friday. They claim it was not the tiger which killed three people. The man-eater is on the prowl and yet to be captured, they said.

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The Forest Department has not confirmed the tiger attack on Monday. However, the department personnel have started combing operation, led by Range Forest Officer Subramanya.

Meanwhile, the operation to nab a tiger which had strayed into villages in Gundlupet of Chamarajanagar district entered the fourth day on Monday.

The efforts of the Forest Department to trace the tiger, with the help of tamed elephants, turned futile on Sunday. The officials decided to place a cage, with a dog as a bait, at the place where the tiger was hiding on Sunday night, on the directions of Tiger Project Director Ambadi Madhav. As the tiger did not return, they continued the search on Monday at Maguvanahalli, Melukamanahalli and surrounding villages. Except the pug marks, they could not find anything.

Assistant Conservator of Forest Ravi Kumar said, the tiger has been straying into the villages regularly for prey, during night. It was sighted by people two days ago. Though a camera trap has been set up, no image is captured so far, he said.

CCF Ambadi Madhav said, 10 cameras have been installed to monitor the movement of the tiger.