Tracked And Chased By Hunters, Tigress Crosses 500 Km, Killing 2 People

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| October 12 , 2017 , 09:22 IST

Despite having a radio collar constantly giving away its location, a problem tigress from Brahmapuri managed to cross 500 km in Maharashtra, including passing through fields and forests and over highways as it evaded a team of foresters and an experienced hunter.

Prone to attacking humans, the tigress was captured on July 10 from South Brahmapuri and was released into a patch of Bor on July 29 where there were no other tigers in the hopes that the tigress would make the forest its home and find enough prey that it would not be driven to kill humans.

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However, the tigress left the Bor Tiger Reserve and travelled nearly 500kms through forests, fields and tall grasses, navigating through roads only to return to Bor. While the tigress is believed to have mostly killed cattle and smaller prey, it also killed 2 humans, as a result of which the tigress would now either be killed or kept life-long in captivity.

The radio collar conveyed its location throughout, and a team of foresters tracked the tigress as it moved. Even though the tigress killed two people in chance encounters, it did not allow any experienced hunter to get a shot at it. Crackers were also burst to reign in the rogue tigress, but to no avail.

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"We used JCBs and tractors and did everything possible to capture it," said a senior official.

According to experts, tigers are long-ranging animals and have been known to travel hundreds of kilometres. It seems likely that due to a poor prey base in the areas the tigress ventured to, it returned back to Bor.

Wildlife biologist Milind Pariwakam said, "Movement of tigers being chased by humans may not be seen as natural dispersal behaviour. In such cases, it is responding to capture operations and may be 'driven' to newer locations."

A tiger scientist from Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, said, "Its journey proves tiger corridors are broken. It crossed hurdles like highways and rivers but when it reached Warud (in Amravati district), there was no way forward and hence reversed course."