Gadchiroli Sept. 18 (District Correspondent) A tigress T- 14 that had created terror in Wadsa forest division for the last few days was finally caged by the forest officials today in compartment number 866 of the Shiwrajpur forest area under Wadsa Range this morning.
This tigress had killed a woman Mahananda Mohurle from village Fari in the last week only and a reign of terror was spread in nearby areas of Usegaon, Fari, Shiwrajpur, Arattondi as many people moving on the road had seen the presence of the tigress.
The Wadsa forest authorities therefore had sought the permission of the higher authorities to cage this tigress to avoid the further man animal conflict and to give relief to the residents.
Accordingly, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) had accorded permission for the caging of the tigress. Acting swiftly, a team consisting Dr. Ravikant Khobragade, Veterinary doctor from Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, Ajay Marathe, shooter and other forest officials caged the tigress after it was tranquilised at around 6.45 this morning in Shiwrajpur forest without any physical harm to the tigress.
The successful operation was conducted by Mr. Dharmaveer Salvitthal, Dy. CF, Wadsa division, Manoj Chavan, Sub Divisional Forest Officer, Kurkheda, Vijay Dhande, RFO, Wadsa Range and other Field Officers Tijare, Gajbhiye, Akshay Dandekar, Amol Porte, Manan sheikh and others under the guidance of Mr. Ramesh Kumar, conservator of forest.
The tigress is aged about 2 years and it has been sent to Balasaheb Thakre International Zoo, Gorewada, Nagpur after due medical check -up. The people in the area have heaved a sigh of relief after the caging of this tigress.
The district has been facing the tiger menace for the last two three years. Two such man eaters were caged in the district earlier too.