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13 janvier 2016 3 13 /01 /janvier /2016 06:25

Après 6 mois d'errance pendant lesquels aucune interaction avec des êtres humains n'a été constatée, un jeune tigre s'est finalement installé dans la forêt jouxtant la Silicon Valley indienne, dans le Karnataka (Sud - Ouest du pays). Times of India, ce jour.Rohith BR, TNN. "After 6 months, wild tiger resurfaces at BNP."

It was a sight to behold and a wild one at that. Visitors to Bannerghatta Biological Park who were out on a safari at the adjacent Bannerghatta National Park (BNP) were in for a royal surprise on Monday -a wild tiger resting near the 'barber stone', a monolithic structure resembling a stone used by barbers to sharpen blades in olden days.
The sighting has reassured the forest department that the wild tiger has made the park its home and that people needn't travel all the way to Bandipur and Nagarahole to spot a wild big cat; BNP is barely 25km from the core city areas.
The tiger was first spotted in the park in July 2015, following which the forest department carried out camera-trapping exercises to check whether it was a stray ."It's confirmed that the tiger has established its territory .As per our analysis, it's a young male tiger. In the last six months, our staff has also recorded tiger kills and territory markings. All this confirms the forest patch next to India's Silicon Valley is home to a wild tiger," said Sunil Pawar, deputy conservator of forests, BNP.
Asked what precautions were being taken to ensure people's safety, Sunil said villagers and other inhabitants of the area have been told to be careful and awareness sessions have been conducted. "Since it's a protected area, everybody has to abide by forest laws. The fact that no human-animal conflict has been witnessed in the past six months indicates all is well," he added.
Santosh Kumar, executive director, BBP, said a staffer informed him about the tiger sighting and hoped more visitors will be able to see the big cat in the days ahead.

Congratulating the forest department for its conservation efforts, wildlife experts said the repeated sighting of the wild tiger is a good sign."No major city in the country has a wild tiger living so close to it. However, extra caution must be taken to ensure villagers don't allow their cattle into the woods or break the fence to cut trees," said Sagar K, a wildlife enthusiast and a regular visitor to the BBP.

Where did it come from?

Bannerghatta National Park officials said they still weren't sure from where the tiger migrated. "We had shared camera-trap images with other forest divisions. But they are not matching with the existing database," said a senior official from the forest department.

Wildlife experts say BNP is now connected to Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, a protected area covering Ramanagaram, Mandya and Chamarajanagar districts. "The sanctuary, along with the adjacent MM Hills, is home to a good number of wild tigers. The big cat at Bannerghatta could have come from the Cauvery Sanctuary or from the forests of Tamil Nadu," said an expert.

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