Search on for tiger ‘seen’ in Gu­jarat in vi­ral photo

The Hindu - - NATION - Press Trust of In­dia

The Gu­jarat For­est depart­ment has be­gun ef­forts to lo­cate a tiger af­ter a photo of it cross­ing a road in Lu­nawada taluka of Mahis­agar dis­trict went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia, a se­nior of­fi­cial said.

Mahesh Ma­hera, a school teacher, on Sun­day claimed he saw a tiger cross­ing a road near Boriya vil­lage in Mahis­agar, over 120 kilo­me­tres from here, on Fe­bru­ary 6 and clicked its pic­ture on his mo­bile phone and shared it with friends on so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

The photo soon went vi­ral and alerted the State’s for­est depart­ment on the un­likely pres­ence of a tiger in the area. Act­ing on Mr. Ma­hera’s claims, the for­est depart­ment set up two cam­era traps and de­ployed staff to con­firm the big cat’s pres­ence, a se­nior of­fi­cial said.

“We can’t yet say if the photo is fake. Since a cit­i­zen has claimed this, we have be­gun scan­ning the area. We have placed two cam­era traps and the num­ber will be in­creased,” Prin­ci­pal Chief Con­ser­va­tor of For­est Ak­shay Sax­ena said.

“Ra­jasthan and Mad­hya Pradesh are 100 kilo­me­tres away. It is sur­pris­ing if a big cat ar­rived Gu­jarat with­out any­one getting to know. We are try­ing to check and con­firm what di­rect or indi­rect ev­i­dence there could be,” Mr. Sax­ena said.

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