Tiger kills another woman in Vidarbha
Posted: Dec 24, 2008 at 0018 hrs IST
With the state Assembly already seeing a heated debate on man-animal conflicts in Vidarbha, a tiger death was on Tuesday reported from Chandrapur, taking the toll to four in 25 days.
A 35-year-old woman who had gone inside the forest, about 5 km from Chandrapur city, to collect firewood was attacked by a tiger and killed. There were seven-eight more women with her at the time.
This is the same area where a leopard family had created terror, killing three persons and injuring five, a few months ago. A tiger family has been known to be roaming the area for some time, but an attack hasn’t been reported before. With the area chosen for mining of coal for an Adani group project, the Forest Department is worried that the decreasing forest cover might worsen the man-animal conflict.
Twenty-two people have died in animal attacks this year, almost double the toll for the last two years. In the past 25 days alone, there have been four incidents apart from the one reported on Tuesday. While a woman was killed in a tiger attack near Chandrapur on November 29, two women were killed by leopards in Mul tahsil on December 14 and 18. A desperate Forest Department has even started booking people who venture deep inside the forest despite warnings of possible tiger or leopard attacks in North Chandrapur division.