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Injured tiger still elusive; no FIR yet

Nagpur: On the second consecutive day, the Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR) teams could not capture the injured tiger holed up in dense thickets in Harnakund nullah.
“We have deployed 50 camera traps and pug impression pads (PIPs) to monitor the tiger,” said Pench field director Ravikiran Govekar.

The tiger was hit on Saturday evening on Paoni-Deolapar road outside Pench by a speeding SUV belonging to a BJP district vice-president from Ramtek. The forest department is yet to register an offense in the case and seize the vehicle involved in the incident.
On Monday, hectic efforts were launched with the help of 80 forest staffers and officials but the injured tiger could not be captured.

Meanwhile, Retired Forest Officers Association chief Chandrakant Chimote has drawn the attention of state’s chief wildlife warden on the spurt on wildlife deaths on NH7 due to barriers erected on road.

“As NHAI has installed barriers in between, wild animals are unable to negotiate the road and are getting hit by speeding vehicles while crossing on to the other end,” said Chimote.

Chimote has urged the forest officials to pursue the NHAI to install chain link fencing at vulnerable spots.

In the meantime, Paoni range forest officer (RFO) Ritesh Bhongade, who was injured in the tiger attack during search operations on Sunday, underwent surgery and is recuperating at a private hospital.

Date: 05 Feb 2019
Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/injured-tiger-still-elusive-no-fir-yet/articleshow/67841489.cms