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Tiger kills two in Maharashtra, panic-stricken villagers demand an end to menace

In its second fatal attack on humans, a tiger from Chandrapur region killed a farmer in Anhandingi village of Amravati district on Monday. This comes two days after the tiger killed another farmer in Mangrul Dastagir village, about 10 kilometres away from Anhandingi. It is gathered that the victim, Moreshwar Walke, had gone to his farm when he was apparently attacked by the tiger. His badly mutilated body was found on his farm.

In both the attacks, the tiger severed the head from the torso, which is considered very unusual for a tiger attack. “I am sending a proposal today to the Chief Wildlife Warden to tranquilise the tiger,” said Chief Conservator of Forest, Amravati Pravin Chouhan.

The two incidents have caused a lot of public anger with people demanding a quick end to the tiger menace.

Incidentally, this tiger is now said to be one of the four cubs of a tigress that had been staying in the premises of Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station about which The Indian Express had earlier reported. “We have matched the camera trap pictures taken at Chandrapur and in Amravati. This is one of the four cubs of the CSTPS tigress, who had apparently traveled up to three villages over the past few days,” said an official.

Honorary wildlife warden of Chandrapur Bandu Dhotre said, “A new problem is staring us in the face. Tigers are coming to stay in shrubby, patchy forests and in the Prosopis thickets, which are completely at variance with ideal tiger habitat. These animals have never seen their natural habitat and have come to believe that these degraded and bad thickets and the farmlands around them are where they belong. It’s natural for them to wander over farmlands, during which such conflicts are slated to only grow further.”

Date: 23 oct 2018
Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/tiger-kills-two-in-maharashtra-panic-stricken-villagers-demand-an-end-to-menace-5414445/