Tiger kills man in Chandrapur, sixth victim this year
Vivek Deshpande Posted online: Saturday , Apr 03, 2010 at 0427 hrs
Nagpur : The tiger-human conflict claimed one more life in Chandrapur district on Thursday when 30-year-old Gurum Shrirame was killed by a tiger in the Murpar area of Chimur range in Brahmapuri division.
“Shrirame had gone to the forest yesterday to collect Mahua flowers. He, however, didn’t return by the night. When villagers searched for him, a partly-devoured body dragged about 100 metres away from the spot of the attack was discovered,” Divisional Forest Officer Sanjay Thavre told The Indian Express.
This has taken the toll of those killed in seven attacks by tigers this year to six. Last year had seen a lull in the conflict, raging since 2006, with only four deaths occurring compared to 25 in 2008. This had led to a suspicion about disappearance of tigers from the conflict areas — either due to revenge killings or because of poaching. Many abandoned cubs were rescued, with their parents missing, from the conflict areas in 2009, strengthening the suspicion.
After one death each in January and August in 2009, three attacks and two deaths were reported in December. February had seen the maximum damage to human life with five deaths occurring in the month, four in Shivni range just outside the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR). Shockingly, these had happened within 12 days, with three happening on consecutive days — February 4, 5 and 6.
A young adult male was suspected to have caused all the deaths. All attempts to tranquillise the animal had failed. Since then, however, there is a lull in the Shivni range. The tiger is believed to have since moved away from the area. One of the deaths in February had also happened in the Chimur range, 40 km away from the problem area in the Shivni range.
The Forest Department is running a Corridor Conservation Programme in these areas to mitigate the conflict. The programme, however, has been shrinking in its area of operation for want of funds. Earlier, it covered three ranges. Now, it is being done only in two rounds in one particular range. The Chandrapur forest adjoining Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) is considered the biggest man-tiger conflict zone in the country with 63 deaths being reported till date in man-tiger (58) and man-leopard (5) conflicts since 2006.