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