Tiger seen in Marathwada after more than four decades.

AURANGABAD/NAGPUR: A tiger has been seen in the region for the first time in more than four decades. The state forestry department confirmed the presence of a young male tiger in the region's Hingoli district, which has traveled almost 200 km in five months so far while crossing large areas of farmland and even a swollen Painganga river.

Tiger C1, who is over 3 years old, is from the Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary in Pandharkawda of. According to records maintained by TOI, this is the fifth longest recorded dispersion of a tiger. Since C1 is still moving, it could establish a new dispersion record. Tigers migrate to find a new territory or in search of a mating partner.

C1, which had a radio collar in February this year, was being continuously monitored by forestry officials. From October 19 to 30, he was in the Umarkhed forest range under the Pusad division of Yavatmal. On October 30, he was captured by the camera in the sanctuary of Isapur (Nanded-Yavatmal border). On Thursday, he entered the Hingoli division of Marathwada. He had also briefly ventured into the Adilabad district of Telangana.

Hingoli district forestry officer Keshav Wable said Friday: The tiger has killed four cows in two villages in the Hingoli district and is currently staying on the outskirts of the village of Kalgaon. He first killed a cow in the village of Linde (Hingoli taluka) on the night of October 30.

Later, he killed three cows from the nearby town of Kalgaon. While no one suspected it could be a tiger attack, the trap camera installed later in rural areas has confirmed the presence of a tiger, he said.

The chief curator of Aurangabad (territorial) forests P K Mahajan confirmed that the tiger is C1 from Tipeshwar. According to official records, a tigers hunting incident was recorded at the Gautala Autramghat Shrine in 1972 and since then no tiger has been seen in Marathwada, he said.

C1 is the descendant of T1 from Tipeshwar. He also has two brothers: C2 and C3. C1 and C3 were placed on the radio in February this year as part of a long-term monitoring project: 'Study of the dispersion of tigers in the eastern landscape of Vidarbha (EVL) Maharashtra, India'.

According to Ravikiran Govekar, director of the Pench Tiger Reserve field that governs Tipeshwar WLS, C1 explored the landscape extensively in the Adilabad division, the Pandharkawda division, the FDCM Kinwat, the Nanded division, the Painganga sanctuary, the Pusad division and the Isapur sanctuary before of entering Hingoli.

After four decades, in Marathwada

It is in search of a new territory and is moving widely. Only a few deaths of cattle have been reported in the areas where it has ventured and there have been no other problems. Since it is in search of a new territory that has a suitable dam base and a companion, C1 is expected to be established soon in a suitable area. It is being scientifically monitored by the Indian Wildlife Institute team and local forestry officials. We are doing everything possible to allow the tiger to follow its natural movements, ”added Govekar.

C3 is still in Tipeshwar, while C2 has recently been seen in the Painganga sanctuary, according to Govekar. In May-June, an interstate camera capture exercise was conducted between Telangana and Maharashtra in the Adilabad, Tipeshwar and Painganga corridor after the movement of this tiger (C1), Govekar said.

Forest officials have refused to share images of the trap camera citing the rules of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). They added that affected cattle owners will receive compensation for their lost cattle.

The villagers, terrified by the presence of C1, have been asked to remain calm. The forestry department has also asked them not to sleep outdoors and take care of their livestock by enclosing them in closed places during the night hours.

Ecologist Kishor Pathak said: “Forestry authorities should not take any steps under pressure from local residents. They should advise the villagers and trust them until the tiger moves to a safe habitat. ”