Napoklu (Kodagu), Apr. 29- Wild tigers are on the prowl in human habitats preying on cattle, dogs and other livestock. This has instilled a sense of fear and anxiety among the villagers residing along the forest borders of this region.

Forest Department officials have warned trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts against conducting trekking expeditions in Thadiyandamol (highest peak in Kodagu) region and not to conduct night safaris, especially involving overnight stays in the forest region where the feline predators may be lurking. The officials have also urged the localites, especially those running Home Stays to warn their visiting guests not to venture into the forests.

Two tigers spotted

Last Tuesday, two tigers were seen casually strolling in Thumbekochche, a marshy tract of land in Yavakapadi village, near Kakkabe here by Forest Guard Kudiyara Thammaiah, a resident of Karadimotte colony and his wife Janaki, former Gram Panchayat member, who were returning home in the evening after their day's work at the Forest Department nursery in Bakkathkolli village. The tigers were said to be about 300 metres away from the cou-ple. They immediately passed on the information to the Forest department.

Preying on cattle

Thammaiah claims to have lost five heads of cattle since the past one month; all of them devoured by the tiger. A cow belonging to his brother that had been attacked by the tiger is said to have escaped from its jaws and returned home.

Bhagamandala Range Forest Officer T.V. Shashi, who visited the village where the tiger had attacked cattle four days ago, found partially eaten carcasses of three cattle. He assured a compensation of Rs. 18,000 for the loss caused by the tiger.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore