Two kumkis to aid forest officials nab tiger on the prowl in Wayanad

Wayanad: After making several unsuccessful attempts to nab the tiger entering the human habitations of Cheeral area here, the forest department has now decided to bring kumkis to help the officials in the search.

Vikram and Bharat, two elephants from the Muthanga 'Aanapanthi' (elephant sanctuary of Muthanga) were brought to the location by Tuesday noon.

The prowling tiger attacked three calves on Monday night. One of them was found half eaten while others suffered grave injuries. The incident happened near the forest station office of Pazhoor.

The protest committee of natives, meanwhile, has demanded to kill the tiger as it has become a threat to human lives. Earlier, they asked the officials to chase the tiger out of the area.

Five CCTV cameras are being installed on the Pattavayal-Pazhoor road. This is besides the 30 cameras installed in the forest ranges. Muhammad Shahab, Chief Conservator of Forests (Wild Life), Palakkad, is camping at the location to oversee the search.

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