The recent incident of a leopard being lynched to death near Delhi, shook wildlife conservationists everywhere in the country.
To save another big cat from a similar fate, Indian Forest Service officers are now using an Army drone to track an aggressive tiger on the loose in Assam.
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The tiger allegedly killed a woman on November 28 and has also injured several people at different places near Dolabari. Instead of following it using time-consuming traditional methods, the forest officials are using an army drone to track its movements.
The drone, which was sent from Misamari Army base, has captured some images and videos tracking the possible location of the tiger.
“The army drone has been tracking the tiger after it went missing with no trace except for a pug mark on a river island Kolibari Tapu,” chief Conservator of Forest, Northern Range, P Shiv Kumar told PTI.
The news of the tiger attack and the fact that it is on the loose has caused panic in the area and the villagers have stopped going out of their houses. Aside from trying to track the tiger, the Assam forest department is also trying to ensure that it will not be tracked down and beaten to death by panicked villagers.
The Assam Forest Department is also in talks with the Defence Ministry for getting permission to fly drones over Kaziranga National Park to trace the animal.
“This is the first time in the Northeast that drone is being used for detecting location of wild animals and we will try to continue use of this after discussions with the ministry of defence,” said Kumar.