Tiger kills 2 more cattle heads in Mhadei sanctuary

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Valpoi: Two more cattle heads were killed by a tiger in two separate villages of the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary in Sattari taluka in North Goa on Monday night.

According to forest department official Vikas Desai, two cows have been killed by a tiger.            

 “Two incidents of a tiger killing cows were reported; one at Satre village and another in the adjoining forest of Surla village,” Desai said.

It may be noted that a tiger had killed a cow near Derode village in Sattari on January 10. The cow belonged to one Ladko Jadhav.

The killing of three domestic animals by tiger in Satre, Surla and Derode villages of Sattari in the Mhadei sanctuary has triggered panic among villagers even as the forest department officials are clueless why the wild cat is on the prowl.

Earlier, on January 5, a carcass of a tiger was found by the forest department officials in the Mhadei sanctuary. Two cattle heads were also found dead. Soon, the forest officials had recovered three more carcasses of tigers. Later, it came to light that locals had poisoned the tigers in order to protect their domestic animals.

This is probably for the first time that the wild cat has been on a rampage killing domestic animals in Sattari. Many were of the opinion that with the onset of the winter season, wild animals usually need more energy and perhaps in the absence of prey, the tiger might be attacking domestic animals, especially cattle grazing in the forest areas.