January 31, 2009 1:58:08 am
A 31-year-old man was mauled by a tiger in the Herobhangha jungle area of Sunderbans on Thursday.
Joydeb Haldar,who is currently undergoing treatment at the SSKM Hospital,was fishing in Surjyamoni Khal when the tiger from the nearby jungle attacked him.
Haldars companions,however,were able to drive the animal away and took him to the Jamtala Hospital. A couple of days ago another man,Khudiram Haldar (42),was attacked by a tiger when he went fishing with others on the Nabanki river in Sunderbans.
Sunderbans has a difficult topography. It is not always possible to prevent people from entering the area. Such incidents can be avoided if people cooperate with us and obtain permits from the Forest Department, said N R Misra,Assistant Wildlife Warden,West Bengal Forest Services.
Although the District Forest Officer of South 24 Parganas,Subhendu Banerjee,could not confirm whether yesterdays incident occurred within his area of jurisdiction,he said an increase in the number of people entering the forest for fishing has become a problem.
Every year,60 to 70 people fall prey to tigers. So far as tigers straying into human habitat are concerned,we are taking steps like increased patrolling,deer breeding and using nylon nets to check such incidents, said SB Mondal,Principal Chief Conservator of Forests,Wildlife.
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