FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, June 17: A joint operation to drive away a stray Tiger from Sojuli area of Durpong Reserve Forest towards Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary Division was conducted on Thursday.
DFO Banderdewa, Neelam Nido informed that reportedly the Tiger had killed few Mithuns in Sojuli and neighbouring area.
The day-long operation was conducted by the officers and staff of Western Aruchal Circle office, Banderdewa, Banderdewa Forest Division, Itagar Wildlife Sanctuary Division and Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary Division, Sejiosa, Wildlife Trust of India and members of All Capital Complex Mithun Farming Association and volunteers from Sojuli Village Forest Magement Council.
Earlier, CCF R K Singh briefed about the operation and actions to be taken. The team then moved to Sojuli area where the three groups were formed and the field operations were briefed to them by DFO Banderdewa Neelam Nedo and DFO, Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary Division Ta Tapi.
All the teams entered into the forest from Sojuli llah, Chessa II village and Sojuli Research Centre and made loud sounds including bursting of crackers to create maximum possible disturbance to force the tiger to leave the area.
Pug marks of the tiger were seen in maste Hill.
The Tiger had moved towards the West direction while the operation teams could not go ahead due to iccessible terrain. Chief Conservator of Forests, Banderdewa has requested the Mithun Farming Association to keep the Mithuns in safe areas out of the forest till the time the Tiger goes away and also to help the forest department again as and when the need arises.
The CCCF also appealed to the public not to venture into the forest for the time being and not to harm the Tiger as it is expected to leave the area soon, an official communiqué informed here today.