A tribal man residing in a settlement within the forest in Wayanad was found eaten by tiger. This is the third incident of man falling prey to tiger in Wayanad this year.
Police identified the victim as K Baburaj, 23, of Kurichiad settlement situated within Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, 20 km away from Sulthan Bathery town in the district. He belongs to Kattunaika tribal community, which has been traditionally living in small patches of settlements within the forest.
He had gone to forest to collect fire wood on Thursday afternoon. As Baburaj did not return home in the evening, family members went for a search in vain. Later, they informed the forest department. After an extensive search on Friday, remains of human bone and skull were recovered from forest, almost 2 km away from his tribal colony. Parts of his dress were also found near the remains, leading to the identification of the victim.
Wildlife Warden S Mohan Pillai said the animal that attacked the tribal was identified as tiger after analyzing the pug marks found in the region. Cage and surveillance cameras have been erected near the colony to trap the man eating tiger, which is believed to be roaming in the region. The tribals were asked not to venture into the forest to collect resources until further direction. The district administration has ensured free supply of provisions for them.
In February this year, a farmer living in a village near Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was eaten by a tiger. A few days later, an estate worker had fallen prey to tiger attack while she was picking leaves in a tea estate in a Wayanad village, bordering Tamil Nadu. Amdist mounting protest, that man-eater was shot dead by forest officials.