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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Shepherd injured in tiger attack near Bor

TNN | Jun 5, 2012, 02.32AM IST NAGPUR: Over-enthusiasm proved costly for a shepherd when he was attacked by a tiger near Junapani Nala outside Bor Wildlife Sanctuary on Monday evening. According to assistant conservator of forests (ACF) Uttam Sawant, victim Sampat Kowe (55), a resident of Bori village, went too close to the animal in an attempt to show it to a section of tourists returning from Bor sanctuary. The incident took place at 5.15pm. Due to poor wildlife management and failure to create some good resting places in Bor, its resident tigers prefer dense bushy and marshy area outside the sanctuary. The Junapani Nullah is one such hot spot. Many tourists claim to have sighted tigers in the nullah, specially during the summer season. Kowe was trying to show the tiger to some tourists when he was attacked. Sawant said that when Kowe went to close near the animal it charged on him. Kowe escaped with minor injures on leg and hand. The victim was later shifted to a local hospital for treatment. "The spot being outside Bor, we don't have control over it. We had distributed pamphlets to villagers and had made publicity about presence of tigers near the nullah. Besides, on several occasions, Kowe was warned not to venture deep into the nullah but he did not pay heed to our requests," Sawant told TOI. On April 19, Sitaram Wadve, a permanent van majoor posted in Pendhri beat of Bor, was killed by a tigress when he had gone to fill a waterhole near Chichkhori.

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