Straying tiger trapped in Gosaba
TNN 1 November 2009, 06:18am IST
KOLKATA: Sundarban Tigers Reserve officials on Saturday caught a straying tiger at Gosaba's Pirkhali-I village in the Sunderbans. The tiger has been kept under observation and is expected to be released into the wild on Sunday.
Villagers tipped off forest officials about the tiger which, they said, swam across the river and entered the villages of Sonagaon, Mitrabari and Bijoynagar in Bally Island.
Villagers remained tense ever since pug marks of the tiger were spotted. Forest officials then laid a trap for the tiger. Three cages were placed at as many entry points from the river to the jungle to catch the animal.
Early on Saturday, the tiger finally fell into one of the traps. Sundarban Tiger Reserve officials said no tagging or micro-chipping will be done and no tranquilliser will be administered on the tiger.
"The tiger does not have any external injury. It would be kept under observation for 24 hours and then released into the core jungle area, probably by Sunday," an official said.