2 Jun, 2007 - 0319 hrs ISTlMukund Deshmukh/TIMES NEWS NETWORK
CHANDRAPUR: Tiger census in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve held for the second time on Friday night was affected by the light rains for about two hours.
Following the regular pugmark census from April 27-30 this year the water hole census was scheduled for May 3. This water hole census was withdrawn due to rains and thunderstorm the same afternoon, following which, the state government ordered for another water hole census on May 31.
Accordingly all the arrangements were made by the forest officials. All the volunteers reached the respective machans in the evening and then it started raining. The volunteers, who had been out in the jungle for the purpose, had to face trouble. One volunteer Sanjay Tumaram, who was on an unsafe 'machan' had to seek the help from forest official to return to a safer area.
The scene was by and large similar across the TATR and at many places no tiger was sighted. However some volunteers who kept a close vigil in Tadoba range sighted the wild cat. All TATR forest officials were camping in Tadoba to analyse the data gathered all through the day. The exact figure of wildlife including the wild cat is likely to come up in next two days.
Meanwhile, a wild cat killed a cow near the Pangadi tank in Pangadi village in Shivani range on Thursday and the volunteers had seen the wild cat for two days.