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Alert in 36 MP villages, 150 cameras set up and more than 100 personnel deployed: search for creeping tiger continues | India News

The tiger has put the forest department officials on edge. The big cat’s movements are tracked amid the scorching heat. As many as 100 employees were deployed for the operation.

Officials have recovered the body of a man killed in a tiger attack in Raisen forest near Bhopal. (TV9 network)

New Delhi: Efforts have been stepped up to capture a man-eating tiger after it killed a person in the Raisen forest near Bhopal. The forest department has placed 50 more camera traps to monitor the tiger’s movements, an official said on Sunday. The tiger has put the forest department officials on edge. The big cat’s movements are tracked amid the scorching heat. As many as 100 employees were deployed for the operation.

The forest official said camera traps were used to monitor or photograph wild animals and other objects in the tiger’s natural habitat, where there was no human presence. Raisen Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Vijay Kumar said, “We will install 50 more cameras to monitor the tiger’s movements in the forest area near Chhattis village. A red alert has been issued for this.” The warning has been issued in 36 villages.

Forest officials said the maneater may have escaped from Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary in Obaidullaganj forest division of Raisen. There are more than 60 tigers in Ratapani. New cameras are also being installed by the Global Fund for Nature (WWFN). This brings the number of trap cameras in the area to 150. “We have also set up three baited cages to capture the tiger,” the DFO said. There is a buffalo tied to a tree as an open trap to catch the big cat.”

The official said the forest department is currently facing a huge challenge in capturing the tiger while it is roaming in the wild. He said, “The tiger will resume hunting in the next two to three days. Usually the tiger goes hunting once a week. The tiger pounces on its prey and then wanders around for a while eating the meat. We plan to capture the tiger during this period.”

Madhya Pradesh has the highest population of 785 tigers in India, according to the latest official big cat census released last year.