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Man-eating tiger breaks iron cage, flees week after capture

Kathmandu, Mar 24 (efe-epa).- A man-eating tiger that was captured from the Bardia National Park in southwestern Nepal last week has escaped by breaking its iron cage, causing terror in the human settlements in the region, official sources said Wednesday.

Last week, a team of wildlife technicians and experts from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, National Trust for Nature Conservation, and the Nepal Army succeeded in capturing two man-eating tigers.

One was caught on Mar. 17 from Rajipur and the other the following day from Khata area, a bio-corridor that connects Bardia National Park with Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary in India.

One of the two tigers was then transferred to the neighboring Banke National Park, which houses the tiger conservation unit.

“On Tuesday, the tiger transferred to Banke National Park fled after breaking the iron cage,” the park’s Chief Conservation Officer Shyam Sah told EFE.

The tiger reportedly broke three of the metal bars of the cage for its escape. “People living near the park have been advised against entering the forest and to maintain caution,” said Sah.

The two man-eaters, adult males aged 10-13, were causing terror for several months in Bardia and were identified from the camera trap monitoring records, according to the official.

At lest 10 people have been killed in tiger attacks in the last nine months in Bardia.

According to officials, competition for territory among male tigers could lead to the displacement of some tigers to the forest periphery or nearby human settlements, causing some of them to turn to man-eaters. EFE-EPA


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