Spotting of tiger scares villagers; Forest Dept blamed for not installing trap
Pulppally (Wayanad): Spotting the presence of tiger at Marakkadavu and Perikkallur area frequently, locals are gearing up to start a protest against the negligence of forest department in caging the cat. A dharna will be staged by the locals in front of the Pulppally forest office on Wednesday as the first stage of protest.
Earlier, when tiger was spotted in Marakkadavu area one month ago, locals had demanded the forest officials to cage the tiger. However, citing legalities, the department didn’t install trap. The locals now decided to stage protest as the tiger was once again spotted at Perikkallur on Sunday.
As part of the protest, the locals decided to block roads if a cage to trap the tiger is not installed. Though, the foresters have begun night surveillance, it couldn’t pacify the locals.
Locals now stay awake to protect their livestock during night. However, forest department has said that cage could be installed only after receiving a nod from higher authorities.
Villages close to the border areas of Kabini river were also under threat of tiger attacks. Tiger was spotted many times within the span of a month in these border villages. Earlier, a tiger had killed a cow in Marakkadavu. Though locals and foresters tried to chase away the tiger from the area for a week, it went in vain.