Eight months after maneating tigress was shot lifeless, her cub offers officers the slip

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Up to now, the cub has sidestepped a large web unfold throughout out Yavatmal’s forests in Maharashtra and has angrily lunged at an elephant carrying a group of tiger-catchers.

Eight months after the hunt for the Pandharkawda maneater tigress T1 resulted in her controversial demise by the hands of a sharpshooter, the tigress’s cub, T1C1, is giving forest officers a tough time, evading each lure laid out for him.

Up to now, the cub has sidestepped a large web unfold throughout out Yavatmal’s forests in Maharashtra and has angrily lunged at an elephant carrying a group of tiger-catchers.

For 53 days in November final yr, the cub’s mom T1, nicknamed Avni, had given your entire forest equipment, together with high officers, drones and sniffer canine, the slip. When T1 was lastly shot lifeless, her cubs weren’t discovered and the forest division had determined to seize them, fearing their maneating mom would have left her “imprint” on them. T1C1 and his feminine sibling, T1C2, had been then a couple of yr previous. Whereas T1C2 was captured 50 days after the demise of their mom and despatched to a big enclosure within the Pench Tiger Reserve, the hunt for T1C1 continues, making it the longest operation within the nation to catch a wild cat.

“We are still tracking him. But all his movements are at night when our Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) prohibits us from using a tranquillisation shot. It is as if he got wind of our SOP restriction,” stated Maharashtra PCCF (Wildlife) Nitin Kakodkar.

The forest division has continued to function its particular camp close to Tarati village, the identical camp from the place the operation to search out T1 was monitored, to trace the elusive cub, with an Assistant Conservator of Forest heading the operation.

Officers say they’ve tried “all possible tricks” to seize the cub but it surely has managed to evade them. In a single try, that they had unfold out a large web on the forest ground close to a tree, to which they tied animals as bait. The online was hooked to a pulley and officers hoped that the minute TIC1 walked on to the online in the direction of the bait, they’d lure the animal. However the digicam traps present the cub avoiding the online.

In accordance with officers, T1C1’s aggression in the direction of the group has made the duty tougher. He’s not a cub – at 17-18 months, T1C1 is a sub-adult, nearly of the dimensions of a full-grown tiger. About 5 months in the past, a group of tiger catchers from Madhya Pradesh mounted on elephants needed to retreat after the cub reportedly lunged on the largest of the 4 elephants that had encircled him.

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