Tiger strays into villages in Wayanad; Forest dept to intensify surveillance

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Wayanad: The forest department has intensified surveillance in Ponmudikotta and Edakkal areas after a tiger reportedly strayed into these areas. The department would camp and monitor areas where the presence of the tiger has been identified. If the forest officials didn't catch the tiger soon, the action committee will stage a protest.

Last month, one tiger got trapped in a cage at Ponmudikota. But the natives are continuing to face threats from tigers here. It is assumed that the tiger cub that was caught and released in Mylambadi is roaming in the human settlements here. The forest department said that the cub is aged around one year and is harmless.

However, residents of Ponmudikotta and Edakkal are living in fear as the tiger has started entering residential areas even during the day.

People formed an action committee and intensified protests against the lapses of the forest officials. Following this, a team headed by Meppadi range officer D Harilal held discussions with the residents. Officers promised the natives that they would intensify surveillance and set up a cage to catch the tiger.

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