Published On: Thu, Apr 19th, 2018

Villagers corner and kill Tiger in Pilibhit Reserve

New Delhi: Human-wildlife conflict took an ugly turn in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit Tiger Reserve when the villagers cornered a tiger and reportedly beat it to death.

One tiger was declared man-eater, caught and sent to Lucknow Zoo

According to a senior forest official, the feline in question was brutally done to deatb inside the tiger reserve’s core area under Mahof range.

He said that the killed tiger was an adult male and its carcass was recovered on Thursday.

However, no arrests have been made in this connection till now, said the official.

Giving detains of the incident, the forest official said that on Wednesday, a few villagers ventured deep inside the forest to collect firewood and had an encounter with a tiger in which a few of them were injured. “In retaliation of tiger’s aggression, they ventured into the forest agin and after locating it in the area, the feline was cornered and done to death.

It may be mentioned here that this is the second tiger killing in the region in the current year.

Also, it is a matter of grace concern that Pilibhit has the highest rate of human fatalities caused by tigers.

At least six persons have died till March in man-tiger encounter while 21 were killed by at least five different tigers in Pilibhit in 2017.

One tiger was declared man-eater, caught and sent to Lucknow Zoo in February 2017.

The forest official said that the carcass is being sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly to determine the exact cause of death.

Wildlife experts pointed out that Pilibhit Tiger Reserve consists of fragmented forest tracts criss crossed by state and district highways which results in severe biotic pressure on the forest and its denizens.

They are of the firm view that this was probably the main reason for increased man animal-conflict as the forest of this reserve is surrounded by sea of humanity who depend on forest for fodder and firewood which leads to confrontation with felines.

For reducing the conflict, experts suggests reduction of free grazing inside territorial and buffer forest areas, capacity building in frontline forest staff and restoration of critical corridors connecting various forest patches in this landscape may possibly help in reducing such conflicts.

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