Forest officials in search of tiger in Wayanad | Photo: Mathrubhumi Epaper
Sultan Bathery: The forest department has intensified efforts to catch the tiger on prowl in Wayanad’s Cheeral village. The tiger has reportedly attacked two more cows in the early hours of Friday.
Following protests by locals, the forest officials are planning to fire tranquilizer shots at the tiger. A rapid response team led by Chief Forest Veterinary Officer Dr Arun Zachariya has camped in the area. Yesterday, the officials had attempted to find the tiger following its footprints, but to no avail.
Attempts to set up cages are also underway. So far, three cages have been set up in the area. However, the tiger, which was spotted in an inhabited area on Thursday, went around the cage without stepping inside. Following which, the officials shifted the position of the cages on Friday.
Meanwhile, Wayanad District Collector A Geetha visited Cheeral and held talks with the locals and forest officials. In the wake of the special scenario, a compensation of Rs 1 lakh will be provided to the dairy farmers, who have lost their cattles, assured the collector.
According to reports, the tiger has attacked nine domestic animals within the past 20 days. Of which, six cows were killed and three have sustained severe injuries.