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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Camera traps to locate tiger in Athagarh

ByBinita Jaiswal, TNN | Feb 21, 2013, 01.09 AM IST CUTTACK: Forest officials have decided to install camera traps to locate a tiger, whose pugmarks were found in Budhabudhi ghati under Narsinghpur forest range in Athagarh division. The tiger was reportedly spotted by some villagers at Narsinghpur on Sunday and pugmarks were also found in the area following which the forest officials had launched a search operation to locate the feline. Since the last three days, forest officials have been patrolling the area and keeping a close vigil but the wild animal has not been sighted yet. "The villagers informed us about having sighted the tiger and we have also seen the pugmarks but the feline is yet to be located. The camera traps will definitely help us to trail the tiger," divisional forest officer of Athagarh division Arun Mishra said. The cameras will be installed near the Budhabudhi ghati and the nearby areas in the next two days, he added. The camera traps, equipped with an electronic switch and a camera, record movement of tigers or other animals that walk in front of the gadget. Forest officials said the tiger may have strayed into the forest from the adjoining Satkosia tiger reserve.

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