CHAMARAJANAGAR: An injured male tiger which had strayed outside Hediyala range of Bandipur National Park and was targeting livestock, has been rescued and shifted to Chamundi Wildlife Conservation, Rescue and Rehabitation Centre in Mysuru district on Sunday.
The tiger, which was involved in a fight with another animal, had sustained injuries on his head and shoulder. After sustaining injuries, the big cat was unable to fend for itself and targeted cattle at Chilkahalli bordering the park.
Straying out of the park, the tiger had on June 9, attacked a cow at Chilakahalli but had to abandon the attack half way after villagers raised a hue and cry. The cow sustained bite marks on its body.
Forest officials then sought permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Bengaluru, to capture the tiger. On Sunday, Conservator of Forests and Director of Bandipur National Park Ambady Madhav, Hediyala RFO Sandeep and officials swung into action and darted the tiger locating its area by following pug marks in the region.
The tiger was darted at a field belonging to Veerabhadrappa near Kalikatte area outside the park. The darted tiger has been shifted to Chamundi Wildlife Conservation, Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, Koorgalli in Mysuru. The captured tiger is 8 years old and in good health, says Mr Ambady Madhav adding that three teams were formed to locate the tiger.
Sources say that the injured tiger was weak and probably might have not eaten for a couple of days prompting it to attack the cow which was easy prey....