A male Royal Bengal Tiger has been on the move between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, and it’s causing worry among the people living nearby. The tiger seems to be looking for a home or maybe a mate. Villagers are upset because they think the forest department should have done something to catch the tiger.
The tiger first scared people in parts of Srikakulam district and has now been seen in Odisha. Cameras set up to count tigers took pictures of it in Odisha’s Gajapati district. Forest officials from Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have been keeping an eye on the tiger for the past four months.
Officials in Odisha say they saw another tiger in October, sent the pictures to experts, and found out it was the same tiger seen in Maharashtra. They think it traveled from Maharashtra through Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh to reach Odisha.
There’s also a female tiger that was seen in ASR and Vizianagaram districts, but no one has seen her recently. She was first spotted in April 2022, causing some trouble. Despite efforts by forest staff, they couldn’t catch her, and she moved around different areas in Andhra Pradesh.
The District Forest Officer, K Vinod Kumar, said there are two tigers in the region – a male and a female. They are keeping an eye on the male tiger, who keeps moving between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. People are concerned about the safety of both the tigers and the people living near their roaming grounds.