Big cat can breathe easy now
30 Dec 2008, 0333 hrs IST, Neha Shukla, TNN
The madness over catching the stray tiger has finally ended. With the team of UP forest department that was chasing the animal so far out of picture, the squad from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is going about the whole operation very methodically.
To start with, the WWI team that joined the search operation on Sunday, has called off combing. The institute will work on the 3T plan Tracking, Tranquillising and Trapping. Tracking the tiger is the first step of the plan and it has been set in motion starting from Monday.
Orders regarding the same have already been conveyed to Faizabad forest division, to ensure that the spot officials are prepared for the exercise. The professionals do not want to disturb the tiger into moving away from the area, which has been the case so far. The big cat will be left in peace for some time to come, at its current hiding place in Subhaya jungle along Rampurjanak village.
The tiger will take two to three days to get used to its surroundings in Subhaya. All this while the trackers would be trailing it and the day they realise that the tiger will not move any further, they will tranquillise and trap it.
For trackers, the entire exercise is a child's play as it is very similar to showing a tiger to tourists in Dudhwa, being aware of the tiger's habits and habitat. The team could see quite a few trackers from Dudhwa and Katarniaghat joining the operation soon, said sources.
The exercise will give some respite to the harried feline as well, which has been on the run for its life being blindly chased by the forest department.
WII seems to have come in at the right time. The tiger has reached Subhaya, a 5,000 hectare jungle at the tri-section of Barabanki, Faizabad and Sultanpur. The jungle is rich in prey and has the river Gomti flowing along. The tiger can have a perfect stay here until it is taken back to Pilibhit.