Another tiger captured near populated area in Sunderbans
Express News Service Posted: Nov 05, 2008 at 0626 hrs
Kolkata, November 04 The state Forest department officials captured a tiger from a village outside the big cat’s core habitat in Sundarbans on Monday night.
The reason behind the straying of the tiger into the village is yet to be known.
According to the forest officials, the animal will be released into Kendo Islands, a deep core area of the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve.
“We captured the tiger by using a trap cage and bait from Rajat Jubli village in the Gosaba area. We will release it very soon,” said West Bengal Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Atanu Raha.
The Forest department officials said the tiger was spotted while it was trying to jump over the nylon net encircling the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve area on Sunday night.
“There are a number of reasons why this particular tiger strayed into the village. It might have developed a taste for the cattle or has become too old to hunt. It may have also strayed in search of a tigress because of the on going mating season,” said Raha.
“When the tiger was captured, a tigress was also spotted in the vicinity, but was shooed away by villagers,” he added. The Sundarbans, which comprises about 10,000 sq km of marshlands and mangrove forests along the Bay of Bengal coast, is one of the last natural habitats of the big cats.
This is the fourth instance of tiger straying into Gosaba. In October, locals had to chase away a tiger, which had swum across the Bidyadhari river to enter the area. The tiger was spotted while it was dragging a cow from a cowshed of Purba Sonargoaon village. In September, another tiger, which had strayed into Jameshpur village of Gosaba, was captured by the Forest department.