A full-grown adult male tiger has snuck into the forest of Lalgarh in West Midnapore district, possibly from neighbouring Odisha, a top forest official said on Friday.
The people in surrounding villages were alerted and villagers have been asked not to venture into the forest while forest personnel have increased patrolling, R N Saha, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Midnapore range said. He added that a few cameras were installed inside the forest following reports of killing of cattle recently.
"One of the cameras captured four images of a full grown adult male tiger early this morning," he said. Saha said earlier there was no report of presence of tiger in that area.
Asked from where the tiger could have possibly snuck into Lalgarh, he said, "It is very difficult to say. We are exploring all possibilities. Camera traps will continue to be there. One of the possibilities is that the tiger might have come from Simlipal tiger reserve in neighbouring Odisha".
The DFO said efforts will be made to capture the tiger and send it to Jharkhali in Sundarbans.
On whether the tiger killed the cattle inside the villages, he said that the 7 cattle were killed when they had gone into the forest from surrounding villages.
(With agency inputs)