BHOPAL : A tiger was sighted in Mendora village on Saturday. Passers-by and local residents watched the entire movement of the feline. The village is about 5 km from the densely populated Kotra Sultanabad area of Bhopal city.
The incident has left the forest department worried as it shows that tiger movement has again increased in vicinity of the capital.
SDO (forest) Ravi said, “A tiger was sighted in Mendora, which is near Bhadbhada — hardly 5 km from Kotra Sultanabad.”
He said, “There is sufficient water in forest area but sometimes, for animals, big cats move towards villages. When it was sighted, people come out to have a glimpse of the beast.”
However, wildlife experts and environmentalists have long pending demand for a thorough investigation on why some tigers were leaving Ratapani sanctuary, some 40 km away, and coming into Bhopal.
They are also seeking a long-term strategy to deal with the ongoing man-tiger conflict in Bhopal and end the inordinate delay in the creation of Ratapani Tiger Reserve.
Kaliasote, Kerwa and Kathotoya areas in the narrow corridor from Ratapani to Bhopal should be declared a conservation reserve unit. The official said a proposal in this regard was pending with the state government since 2011.