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Maha orders preemptive capture of 2 urban tigers

Maha orders preemptive capture of 2 urban tigers

The Times of India, Chandrapur, 13th Jan, 2020


Chandrapur:- What is  likely to be the first move of its kind in the country, orders have been issued for the preemptive capture of two tigers prowling on the outskirts of Chandrapur city in Maharashtra's Vidarbha district.

 The animals, who have not attacked any humans, have been deemed to be a serious threat because of their proximity to human settlements. S.V. Ramarao, chief conservator of forest (CCF), Chandrapur, said orders had been given to capture the two tigers, a male and a female, anticipating the serious risk they pose by their presence near the city.

 Ramarao said ordres had also been issued for the capture of another tiger, responsible of killing two humans, in the Nagbhid forest range in Chandrapur district. A warrant was awaited for the capture of a fourth tiger, responsible, in the Rajura range. 

NTCA guidelines allow for the capture of problem felines that have killed at least two humans and pose imminent threat to others. 

The department has thus gone beyond the ambit of the rules, in the light of the grave threat the two tigers pose. The two tigers in question are offspring’s of a tigress in the Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS) area, and have now settle in the Irai river. Both tigers have made multiple cattle kills and have been regularly sighted by citizens close to the river.