VTR director-cum-field director Nesamani K said the tiger is around three-years-old and is likely to have been forced away from the forest by other adult tigers in the VTR. He also claimed that the feeding habit of the tiger may also have changed owing to being near human habitation for long.
“Owing to injury marks on its body, we are assuming that the tiger has been injured in fight with other adult tigers in Harnatard forest range. We are trying our best to either chase the tiger close to the dense forest or to catch it,” Nesamani said.
He added: “An area of around 2 square kilometres in and around Dungrapur village, where the tiger had been last spotted, has been cordoned off by the rescue team. Locals have been advised not to venture into the forest area.”
State chief wildlife warden PK Gupta and director (environment) Surendra K Singh have also been supervising the entire operation.
The VTR director along with other senior officials were making strategies to trap the prowling tiger near Dumarapur village.
Locals claimed that all routes leading to Dumarapur village have been sealed and a barrier has been put up at Sainik bridge over Masan river.