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Striped big cat spotted in Gujarat after 27 years


AHMEDABAD: Twenty-seven years after tiger used to be final sighted along the Dang border in Gujarat in 1992, a central authority teacher has reported seeing the massive cat, kicking off a discourse that the animal has in the end returned to the state.

The teacher, Mahesh Mahera, who spotted the tiger crossing a road into the wasteland of Boriya village in Lunawada taluka in Mahisagar district, also captured the massive cat in his cell phone.

The photos, clicked from within his car on February 6, went viral roaring throughout cellular networks of the state woodland division on Saturday, which has arrange camera traps in the neighborhood of Boriya village to get extra evidence 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," stated Mahera who teaches in Guliya primary college in the similar space.




Mahera confessed to have shared the tiger’s photos with his pals who alerted the woodland officers. On Saturday, the picture landed at the cellular of fundamental leader conservator of woodland (PCCF) Akshay Saxena who has ordered an in depth seek operation to confirm the animal’s presence. He has also requested the officers to check authenticity of images.

"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," stated Saxena. The PCCF stated if tiger’s presence is showed in Gujarat, the department will have to return to drawing board to redesign the flora and fauna conservation programme for Big Cats.



Tiger sighting so far used to be crying wolf


The development comes after collection of claims of tiger being sighted sans any corroborative evidence prompting naysayers to disregard it as a case of ‘ wagh aayo re wagh aayo’, a Gujarati proverb for cry wolf.


Last time, tiger had hit headlines in the state when direct sighting of tiger used to be reported a tiger in July final yr about 15 km clear of state’s Nijhar village in Tapi district. The large cat attacked Dinsingh Kokani, 38, while it used to be looking to get away curious onlookers in Nandurbar’s Nimgaon village.


Off late, sporadic reviews have stored surfacing of locals in Lunawada, more or less 130 km clear of Ahmedabad, claiming to have sighted a tiger.


Mahisagar deputy conservator of woodland RM Parmar stated, “Locals have reported kill of 4 goats and an ox in Verana and Santrampur spaces of Lunawada a fortnight back. We will examine all claims.


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