Imphal: In an effort to collect photographic evidence of the presence of a tiger, a team of the forest department visited the site where a suspected tiger recently mauled a herd of cows at Kuilong Part II village in Manipur‘s Tamenglong district.

The team installed four camera traps to capture the image of the tiger at the spot where pugmarks were found and its surrounding areas.

According to divisional forest officer K Hitler, the department may continue to set up camera traps for even a month if they fail to capture the image of the wild animal in a short span of time.

Moreover, according to the forest division, the pugmarks found on the spot were of sizes 17 cm and 15 cm. As per these numbers, the department can confirm that the wild animal which recently killed three cows in Kuilong village is a tiger, it added.

As the pugmark is of a rectangular shape, the tiger should be a female, it added.

Pugmarks found on the spot
One of the pugmarks found in the village

The forest department has also collected the personal data of the owners of the dead cows for compensation, reports said.

On July 6, three cows were reportedly mauled to death by a suspected tiger in the remote village under Tamei sub-division, creating panic among the people.

The suspected tiger reportedly mauled three cows to death in the remote village of Tamenglong in Manipur

Since the incident was reported, the locals are reportedly not venturing out of their homes after sunset out of fear.

On Thursday, chief minister N Biren Singh had also said that there is a possibility that a Royal Bengal tiger could be present in the mountainous forests of the state.

From the pugmarks, which measure seven inches, it has been deduced that the big cat could be a Royal Bengal tiger, Singh had said.

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