Mancherial: In a first in recent times, a tiger attacked a shepherd while he was grazing cattle in the forest on the outskirts of Nakkalapalli village in Kotapalli mandal on Friday. He, however, escaped with minor injuries.
Chennur Forest Development Officer Raja Rao said Kurma Venkati (45), a native of Brahamanapalli village, sustained injuries on the right leg when the tiger attacked him while he was resting in the dense forest near Nakkalapalli village under Nelwai forest range in the afternoon. The shepherd was shifted to a government hospital in Chennur town and his condition was stable.
The FDO said the big cat may have taken him for an animal and attacked him. “We are probing the incident and appropriate steps will be taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future,” he said. Venkati, however, told reporters that the tiger attacked him while he was grazing the cows around 1 pm. He said the carnivore ran away when the cattle came to his rescue.
District Forest Officer Shivani Dogra told ‘Telangana Today’ that it was the first attack on humans by a tiger in the district in recent years. She said awareness would be created among people residing in the forest fringe villages. Staffers would be deployed to prevent people from entering the forest, she added. “Public need not panic about the movement of tigers. They, however, have to be cautious when they go deep inside the forest as they face the risk of encountering big cats including panthers and leopards,” she said.
It may be noted that tigress K4 has been living in the wild of Chennur forest division since 2018. It had a wire snare around its abdomen posing a threat to her life. Officials say K4 is healthy and has been hunting preys.
Meanwhile, the locals demand that the Forest department officials take precautionary measures to check attacks on human beings by wild animals.