Nagpur: Tigress T41 of Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR), Maharashtra, which was seen with a noose around her neck on the date of 26 January, They have been completely freed from the trap on their own without any quiet effort.
On the date of January 26, 2022, a five-year-old tigress was seen with a wire snare in one of the camera trap images at Macepar Beat under the Nagalwadi forest range. The place where the tigress has been recorded is about one kilometer away from the village. It is also feared that a trap may have been laid to kill a vegetarian animal just for the flesh of the bush.
The officials had also deployed around 60 camera traps and 11 teams to keep an eye on the tigress. According to Deputy Director (Core) Prabhu Nath Shukla, the tigress was recorded on February 17 without a trap. In between, many attempts were made to pacify the animal completely but it was not possible at all due to the rough terrain and the vast area occupied by the tigress.
Surveillance team is still keeping a close watch
Prabhu Nath Shukla has said that from the picture dated April 16, it has been learned that the wound of the tigress has completely healed. It still took a long time for them to declare that it was the same tigress. They also matched the stripe pattern with a series of pictures of these animals and finally concluded that it was T41.
Along with this, the tigress, despite having a noose around the neck, was constantly moving forward and was still covering a very long distance, and was fully capable of killing and even eating the prey. It was also seen with the male tiger T96. On the date 17 February, the camera trap images also revealed that the tigress was completely free from the trap. However, the surveillance team is still keeping a close watch on the tigress as she had a wound on her neck. However, photographs dated April 16 show that the wound had completely healed and the tigress was completely healthy.
ACF Atul Deokar has said that patrolling and surveillance teams have covered a distance of more than 1,500 km during the entire operation to track down the tigress. Special surveillance efforts had already been made by ACFs Anil Parab and Kiran Patil, and RFOs Vishal Chavan, Vijay Suryawanshi, Vijay Kadam, and others.