New Delhi: In one of the rare sightings for West Bengal’s Buxa forest in Alipurduar, the forest department-installed camera captured a photo of what appears to be a Royal Bengal Tiger on Saturday. The ferocious mammal was spotted in the 22-mile road at 12 and 13 compartment junctions.
Here’s the rare unseen picture!
According to the forest department, the image was captured at 1 am. The pugmark of the animal resembled that of a full-grown Royal Bengal Tiger and was found at the area near a river deep inside the forest, about 20 km from the road, he said.
Buxa forest and tiger reserve, where Tigers are reportedly virtually extinct, the recent image triggered a wave of happiness.
Forest Minister Jyotipriyo Mallick said a forest department team from Kolkata will reach the area on Monday to examine the pugmarks and scrutinize the image.
According to Mallick, the state was planning to bring 20 tigers from Assam to Buxa where the existence of big cats was not spotted in the past two decades.
A tiger was last spotted in Buxa forest in 1998 and then media reports claimed another sighting in 2010.
“We will put up a net across a 3 km/3 km area in the area (where the striped animal was camera trapped) and every adult of the families living in the vicinity since 1938 will be given compensation by Centre to make the forest free of human habitation. “Once the money sanctioned by the Centre reaches us, we will be able to persuade those encroaching forest land to leave,” he said
Sunderbans in south Bengal is known to be a habitat for tigers with 95 big cats counted there in the last census