Killer tiger on prowl in Kodagu
Fear grips the residents of south Kodagu, especially around Srimangala, after an elusive tiger went on a killing spree.
In the past week, the tiger has mauled 16 domestic animals, including cows, goats and dogs, in the villages of Kanoor and Kothur. On Sunday, the tiger killed a cow belonging to Machamada Mani Uthaiah of Tavalageri village.
Following a hue and cry from the planters, the forest department has pressed into service around 50 officials of the Hunsur forest range, armed with guns loaded with tranquilliser darts to shoot the tiger which has strayed into Srimangala hobli from the Nagarahole National Park.
The forest officials have deployed three cages near private residences to trap the wild animal.
According to forest officials, the tiger could be an aged animal as one of its canines had fallen and another could be half broken after assessing the wound marks on the dead animals. That tiger was not able to eat the carcass fully was an indication that it was old.
The villagers of Kanoor and Kothur have begun offering prayers to village deities to ward off the menace.
The Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly, K.G. Bopaiah, who is also the local MLA, visited the affected villages and urged the forest officials to take effective action to curb the tiger menace.