Elusive Bengal Tiger Disappears Again


Jhargram: The Bengal tiger, which strayed into the forests at Lalgarh in West Midnapore district last month, attacked two men near Bagghora village and disappeared again.

All efforts by the state government to trap the big cat and send it back to its natural habitat in adjoining Odisha had earlier failed. On Friday, the tiger disappeared once again after clawing two villagers.

Villagers told the police that they spotted the tiger inside a deep pit and tried to catch it with a net but the tiger managed to jump out.

Earlier the forest department installed cameras inside the forests after villagers complained that some livestock had gone missing. On March 2, the tiger was caught on one of the cameras at Madhupur forest that used to be a Maoist hotbed during the Left regime in Bengal.

The forest department placed cages with live baits and even used drone cameras to spot the exact location of the animal which people in Lalgarh, Goaltote and Salboni in West Midnapore district and Sarenga and Simlapal in adjoining Bankura district claimed to have seen.