Vadodara: The death of the tiger in Mahisagar district has not stopped claims of the striped big cats being spotted in the area dying down.
The forest department has now been sent into a tizzy after claims that pugmarks of a tiger cub were spotted in a farm in Signali village.
While the forest department has said that it was unlikely that the pugmarks were of a tiger cub, the residents insist that proper verification should be done before reaching to a conclusion. Trap cameras have now been installed in the area where the pug marks were spotted earlier this week.
Owner of the farm in Signali village Dipendrasinh Rathore said that the pugmarks were small and of a cub. “I have informed the forest department regarding these. They believe that these may be of a leopard cub, but we have installed cameras to spot the animal,” said Rathore.
Rathore pointed out that there were many in surrounding villages who had claimed that they had seen an entire tiger family with cubs. “The forest department had not believed this earlier, but eventually a teacher photographed it,” said Rathore.
Deputy conservator of forest of Mahisagar district R M Parmar said that the pugmarks were likely to be of a leopard. “A cub cannot stray away long distances from its mother. A highway passes near the area where the pugmarks were spotted and tigers would usually avoid such places,” said Parmar.
Parmar added that he had shared his phone number on the social media asking people to call him if they spotted a tiger. He added that in the cameras that were placed after the dead tiger was photographed by the teacher, only one tiger that had come from Madhya Pradesh was spotted.
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