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Forest Dept, police must work together

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 6 � Better coordination between the Forest department and police personnel will be required if attacks on straying tigers have to stop in Assam. According to experts, it was a clear absence of this that led to a tiger being shot dead yesterday in Kaziranga.

Senior Forest Department officials in Kaziranga and Guwahati concur that the loss of the tiger was avoidable if a proper protocol was in place, and if the large number of people could be controlled.

A park official said that the chain of events that followed started after the tiger had strayed out and killed a pig. It was in the act of eating its kill, when curious onlookers came to gather around the animal. From then onward the tiger was chased by people, and at a point of time surrounded by them. It was inevitable that the animal made a charge and tried to flee.

He underlined the need for better co-ordination between the Forest Department and police to tackle such a situation if it happens in the near future. �Otherwise we will see more such incidents in which lives of human beings and tigers would both be under threat,� he said.

Another official mentioned about a particular lobby that was trying to instigate local people against the Forest Department and its personnel based in Kaziranga. That group was successful in spreading rumours that the Forest Department had released man-eaters inside the park to show an increase in its population. Such misinformation had influenced the mindset of innocent people who earlier shared good ties with the Forest Department personnel.

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Forest Dept, police must work together

GUWAHATI, Dec 6 � Better coordination between the Forest department and police personnel will be required if attacks on straying tigers have to stop in Assam. According to experts, it was a clear absence of this that led to a tiger being shot dead yesterday in Kaziranga.

Senior Forest Department officials in Kaziranga and Guwahati concur that the loss of the tiger was avoidable if a proper protocol was in place, and if the large number of people could be controlled.

A park official said that the chain of events that followed started after the tiger had strayed out and killed a pig. It was in the act of eating its kill, when curious onlookers came to gather around the animal. From then onward the tiger was chased by people, and at a point of time surrounded by them. It was inevitable that the animal made a charge and tried to flee.

He underlined the need for better co-ordination between the Forest Department and police to tackle such a situation if it happens in the near future. �Otherwise we will see more such incidents in which lives of human beings and tigers would both be under threat,� he said.

Another official mentioned about a particular lobby that was trying to instigate local people against the Forest Department and its personnel based in Kaziranga. That group was successful in spreading rumours that the Forest Department had released man-eaters inside the park to show an increase in its population. Such misinformation had influenced the mindset of innocent people who earlier shared good ties with the Forest Department personnel.

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