Adilabad: The tigress from Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary (TWS) which had killed a 60-year-old tribal woman on September 19 near Wasri village in Pandharkawda tahsil of Yavatmal district in Maharashtra has been captured and transported to the Gorewada Animal Rescue Centre, Nagpur, on Wednesday.

A team of veterinarians and forest department officials, under the supervision of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), captured the big cat around 11 am after transquillising it.

The TWS, located about 35 km from Adilabad, is a part of the Kawal Tiger Reserve landscape in the united Adilabad ditrict, Telangana, which means the latter sources its tiger population from TWS.

Similarly, the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) is also a part of Kawal landscape and many tigers migrate from it to Telangana.

The tigress in question, being identified as T2C1 (tigress 2 and its cub) of Tipeshwar, had attacked a farmer near Andharwadi village on September 4 but he escaped with injuries. It had also killed six cattle and goats after straying out of the TWS in July.

According to information, the Maharashtra principal chief conservator of forests Nitin Kakodkar permitted tranquillisation and capture of the big cat as per the relevant provisions of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and the guidelines of the NTCA. The capture of the wild animal has brought a big relief to villagers around the TWS, spread in 143 sq km.

In 2018, a tigress from TWS, identified as T1 or Avni, was killed under controversial circumstances by a shooter from Hyderabad hired by the Maharashtra forest department. The tigress was said to have become a man-eater having killed 13 people that year.

The Maharashtra authorities have captured four tigers which had become a threat to human life so far this year. Two of the big cats belonged to the TATR and were involved in killing of humans.

S. Harpal Singh

S. Harpal Singh has been working as a reporter for 32 years in Telangana, the last 20 working in Adilabad district. He has been covering tribal and environmental issues. After a 16 year stint at The Hindu, he retired as Senior Assistant Editor, in June 2020.

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