A tigress was sighted by Theni forest officials in the Megamalai Tiger Reserve on a camera trap that was set up a month ago.
Conservator of forests, Madurai, Nihar Ranjan, said the camera was set up after the carcass of a gaur was found in the sanctuary . Before the camera trap, there was no record of a direct sighting of a tiger in Megamalai sanctuary , Nihar said. “During synchronised census, pug marks and droppings were recorded.This indirect sighting indicated the presence of big cats in the area. With the camera trap, it is now confirmed that tigers are in the area,“ he said.
The area where the tiger sighting was reported is the buffer area for Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala, which is the adjoining forest. Probably with increase in tiger population, the spillover is spreading to the neighbouring forest areas, say wildlife experts.
dinathanthi newspaper 05/09/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx