Kothagudem: Residents of Gundlamadugu, Anisettypalle and Hemachandrapuram villages in the district are in the grip of panic as a tiger is on the prowl around the villages.
The elusive tiger, which has been moving in the forests in the district for the past few weeks, attacked a calf and injured it at Gundlamadugu in Tekulapalli mandal under the limits of Kothagudem forest division in the early hours of Monday.
Alerted villagers, however, have managed to save the calf and chase away the big cat. Some commuters reportedly spotted the tiger crossing the main road at Hemachandrapuram village near Kothagudem, sources said.
On receiving information from the villagers, Forest Department officials rushed to the villages and started tracking the movement of the tiger. Speaking to Telangana Today, Assistant Conservator of Forests, A Appaiah said animal trackers have been engaged.
Cameras have also been installed in the forests to track the animal. After inspecting and measuring the pug marks spotted at Gundlamadugu village, it was learnt that it could be a male tiger, he said.
“We are making serious efforts to protect the big cat as well as the lives of the public. Teams have been formed to sensitise and educate the villagers on the importance of protecting the tiger and not to cause any harm to the animal”, he noted.
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