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Tiger spotted in Gujarat, makes state home to three big cat species

IANS  |  Gandhinagar 

The government on Tuesday announced that a had been spotted in the forests in district, making the state the only one in the country to host all the three major big cat species: lions, tigers and leopards.

said the image of a seven to eight-year-old was caught in the night vision cameras for the first time in about three decades. A was last seen in south Gujarat's in the late 1980s but disappeared and every four-year surveys by the later ruled out their presence anywhere in the state.

Controversy was raging for nearly a week after reported having spotted the tiger near Boriya village in taluka on February 6. Mahera was returning home from the school in Boriya when he suddenly noticed a tiger ambling along a state highway road some 40 feet ahead. He immediately shot a video of the big cat on his cell phone before it disappeared in the forests.

Initially some state government officials dismissed the video as that of a wild boar, but at the insistence of some wildlife experts, the launched an as well as installed night vision cameras in the vicinity of the sighting.

"Two of the cameras have caught the image of the tiger moving across," Vasava said.

The said it was yet not confirmed if this was the lone tiger in forests or there were more. He said it could have come from any of the neighbouring states - Maharashtra, and -where the presence of tigers were confirmed.

He said he had contacted the government and was told that a tiger from its reserves near Ujjain was "missing" for some time. "It could also be the same tiger," he said.



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 21:50 IST