Forest dept traps strayed tiger in Wayanad

Tiger caught at Vakeri | Photo: Shameer Machingal

Sulthan Bathery: A tiger, which strayed into Vakeri village and the surrounding regions, was trapped inside a cage at Aden Valley plantation in Kakkadam on Wednesday morning. The forest department captured the 14-year-old female tiger giving relief to the locals who were in panic for many days.

A few days back, the tiger had killed a pet dog on the plantation and the natives were scared of the tiger’s possible attack. The workers in the estate had also raised protests demanding to catch the tiger. Following this, the forest department officials installed a cage at the same spot where the tiger killed the dog on Monday night.

The trapped tiger was later shifted to the animal hospice and palliative care unit of the forest department in Pachadi. Following the medical examination under forest chief veterinary officer Dr Arun Sachariya and Dr Ajeesh, emergency medical care was also provided to the tiger.

The forest department officials informed that the tiger came out of the forest as it could not hunt anymore due to old age. The carnivore sustained no injuries, said officials. In a similar way, the forest department had captured another tiger from Vakeri a year ago.

The locals claim that there are three tigers currently in the coffee plantations adjacent to the residential regions of Moonnanakuzhi. The streak comprises a mother tiger and two cubs. The forest officials have confirmed that the footprints belong to the tiger and cubs.

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