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A tiger claimed one more life in Brahmapuri forest in Chandrapur district yesterday (Friday, June 14) evening, reported The Indian Express (IE).

This is the fourth fatal attack by big cats in June alone, the report said. Two have been killed by leopards in Gadbori village also in Sindewahi range while two were killed by tigers.

This was the eleventh victim of human-wildlife conflict in Brahmapuri and fifteenth so far in this year itself in Chandrapur district as a whole.

Ashok Janglu Chaudhary, 53, a forest labourer was attacked when he was returning to Gunjewahi village near Sindewahi town, IE reported. It quoted Deputy Conservator of Forest Kulraj Singh as saying: “He was a fire-watcher in Gunjewahi beat and was returning after finishing the day’s work. He was found dead along the way. We suspect it to be a tiger attack.”

Singh said, “We have instructed all not to venture into the forest alone and always move in groups.”

On Sunday, June 9, a cowherd was killed in a suspected tiger attack at village Murmadi in Sindewahi tehsil.

Last week, a leopard had killed two persons, including a nine-month-old boy and a 55-year-old woman at Gadbori village in Sindewahi taluka of Chandrapur in the early hours of Friday, June 7.

The Forest Department had caged one of the two leopards moving in the area but the other leopard, the male, continues to elude the dragnet.

Brahmapuri division, spread over 986 sq km, has over 610 villages, about half of them in forested patches. Official estimates put the number of tigers in the region at more than 40. The neighbouring Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) is a source for the Brahmapuri tigers. While the number of tigers increased due to the efforts of the department, the man-animal conflict was the writing on the wall that a few saw.

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