Mysuru: The forest department has launched a massive operation to nab the tiger that has been elusive after mauled an eight-year-old boy at Metikuppe range in H D Kote taluk on Monday.
With the help of Dasara veteran Arjuna, ‘Maharashtra’ Bhima and Ashwathama and over 150 staff, the forest department has intensified the search for the big cat. About 20 cages have been placed and nearly 25 cameras have been set up at various points in the forest to capture the big cat’s movements. It is said that thermal cameras have also been installed to track the tiger.
The whole operation is headed by Nagarahole Tiger Reserve Forest Director Harsha Kumar Chikkanaragund and RFOs Harshith and Siddaraju.
It may be recalled here that Charan Naik, an eight-year-old boy was killed by the tiger when he was playing under a tree at Kallahalli in Metikuppe range. His father worked in a nearby farm unaware of the tiger attack. The boy’s body was found some distance away from the farm. Angry villagers had resorted to a flash protest blaming the forest officials. The villagers said they had informed the officials about spotting the tiger in the vicinity but the officials failed to act. They held the officials responsible for the death of Charan.
On Tuesday too, a cattle calf was killed by the tiger. It is said that the officials spotted pug marks in the vicinity forcing them to launch the operation to capture the tiger.