A wild tiger was spotted near the Bannerghatta Biological Park on the fringes of Bengaluru, barely 30 kilometers away from the city, according to forest officials. The presence of the wild tiger became matter of concern for the authorities as they fear man-animal conflict. There have been several incidents in the past where a tiger became maneater and mercilessly took many human lives.
People and staff reported of pug marks and other indications over the past few weeks that suggested of the intrusion of a big cat in the BBP. While traveling in the park, forest van driver Satish took the picture of the wild tiger on Saturday which cleared all the doubts.
BBP is located within Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary that over 1,020 sqkm and cuts through Ramanagaram, Mandya and Chamarajanagar districts, linking Male Madeshwara hills of Karnataka with Satyamangala forests, Tamil Nadu.
While explaining Sunil Pawar, deputy conservator of forests, BBP, said that breeding of tiger takes place 90 km away from BBM and recently tiger movements were reported 50 km away from BBM. There are high chances that the tiger must have come from Bilikal Ranganathaswamy Betta. While some experts said that the tiger must have come from the forests of Tamil Nadu to the north of river Cauvery.
Another official said that tigers have habit of straying from their territory due to presence of several big cats in one area and while moving to another place they cross several villages and sometimes they move in search of new mates. Last time tiger was reported near Bengaluru city was in Caodahaalli range about 80 km away from the main city.