Tiger Attacking People Under Surveillance

Two people lost their life after tiger attacked them on September 26 and 28 in Chitwan. An investigation has been started after two people were killed in as many days in attacks by tiger. National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) Sauraha has been tracking by means of camera the tiger that killed people in Kumroj area.

Office chief Dr Baburam Lamichhane said that the tiger is being kept under surveillance so as to prevent tragic incidents that might take place in the area. The tiger had attacked people in the Kumroj community forest.   

“The camera footage shows that the tiger is roaming in the area even at present. But the situation does not warrant that the tiger should be immediately captured,” he said. According to him, it is considered very sensitive situation if the tiger entered the settlements and therefore the tiger’s activities are being studied by means of camera.

He added that they would alert the people if the tiger showed any signs of entering the human settlements. Lamichhane said cameras were fitted the very day the first incident of attack took place for collecting information on the tiger’s health condition and behaviour.

He said usually tiger moves to the edge of the jungle if it is very old and infirm, if it is unable to hunt and live together with its pride. In such situation, the likelihood of the tiger attacking people is higher. As said by Dr Lamichhane, the tiger attacking the people in Kumroj area is fully healthy with no signs of any wound or infirmity. It is a male Royal Bengal Tiger of around eight years.  

Study shows that four per cent of the tigers found in the Chitwan National Park (CNP) live near human settlements. There are 93 tigers in CNP at present. The Royal Bengal Tiger and the one-horned rhinos are found in CNP.

Every year, people in settlements close to the national park are attacked and killed by these animals. Although the CNP has implemented various programmes for reducing human-wildlife conflict, there is no reduction in such incidents.   

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