Chandrapur: The forest department has now intensified the monitoring of tigers repeatedly in the Durgapur coal mines on the outskirts of the city.
Prashant Khade, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Chandrapur, has said that it is only an old male tiger and its speed has slowed down very much.
In the past several days, a tiger had been sighted several times in the mine premises by the employees of WCL. Even residents of Mahsal village have frequently seen tigers passing over WCL mines. It was only after complaints from many people that forest personnel of Chandrapur Range and Rapid Response Unit (RRU) were deployed in that area.
Prashant Khade also claimed that the tiger had been sighted on the top of the mine on the date of 7 May, but was lying idle for hours before leaving the place.
Big cat killed a goat and then ate it
The presence of this tiger was also recorded near the village in a group of mango trees during the night time and the next day the forest dwellers were also sent to the area. After this, the tiger was also seen roaming near the villages of Navegaon and Mahsal. This big cat also badly killed a goat and then ate it.
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Chandrapur, Prashant Khade has also claimed that camera traps have been installed in the area to keep an eye on the movement of the tiger. The employees of RRU and the Forest Department are also keeping a close watch on this situation.
Sources also say that this is the old Wagdoh tiger who has been driven away by the younger people from Tadoba. Along with this, this tiger has not yet taken any aggressive step against humans, and efforts are on to take it back to the forest.