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Striped big cat spotted in Gujarat after 27 yrs

AHMEDABAD: Twenty-seven years after tiger was once ultimate sighted along the Dang border in Gujarat in 1992, a central authority trainer has reported seeing the large cat, kicking off a discourse that the animal has finally returned to the state.
The trainer, Mahesh Mahera, who spotted the tiger crossing a highway into the barren region of Boriya village in Lunawada taluka in Mahisagar district, additionally captured the large cat in his cell phone.

The pictures, clicked from inside his automotive on February 6, went viral roaring throughout mobile networks of the state wooded area department on Saturday, which has arrange digicam traps within the vicinity of Boriya village to get more proof of the tiger's presence.

"While returning home from school in evening, I was shocked to see a tiger just 40 feet away from my car. As locals have been talking about tiger's presence in the area, I immediately clicked its pictures from inside my vehicle," said Mahera who teaches in Guliya primary school in the similar area.

Mahera confessed to have shared the tiger's pictures with his buddies who alerted the wooded area officers. On Saturday, the image landed on the mobile of essential chief conservator of wooded area (PCCF) Akshay Saxena who has ordered an in depth search operation to confirm the animal's presence. He has additionally requested the officers to check authenticity of pictures.

"We are looking for scat (tiger feces), pug marks, big animals killed. Three camera traps have been mounted and more will be placed soon to capture visual evidence of tiger," said Saxena. The PCCF said if tiger's presence is confirmed in Gujarat, the dept will have to go back to planning stage to redesign the natural world conservation programme for Big Cats.

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