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3rd tiger attack in 3 days in a row puts Kumaon on edge

Dehradun: Three tiger attacks on three days in a row have put the Kumaon foothills on edge. Two of these occurred in Corbett, believed to have been done by "a male tiger past its prime", and one in Haldwani, where a 65-year-old woman was killed by a "reformed" tiger, which acquired a man-eater tag after mauling six hunans to death and lost it after not attacking for 60 days. Currently, neither tiger has been declared "man-eater", although there are orders to capture both. Scientists from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are being consulted on how to deal with them. "The decision to radio collar them, put them in a zoo or eliminate them will be taken scientifically, based on evidence," said Parag Dhakatey, chief wildlife warden of Uttarakhand forest department. 
On Wednesday, a labourer working on some construction on Dhangari-Dhikala road, nearly 1.5km deep inside the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR), was mauled to death. Two days later, a 28-year-old forest watcher was attacked at the same spot. He was taken to Delhi in a critical condition for tertiary care on Saturday. "In all likelihood, his lungs were punctured. An advanced ambulance was needed to take him," said a forest staff from Ramnagar.
A senior frontline forest staff member of CTR told , "Close observation of camera pictures revealed the tiger behind these two attacks has crossed adulthood (predators that are old or have disabilities, diseases are known to target "easy preys" like livestock or humans). Our staff is patrolling the forests on elephants but the tiger is frequently changing its location. In the past, it has killed several livestock and attacked villagers."
Roughly 60km from the site of these attacks, the mood was grim in Fatehpur range in Haldwani, where an elderly woman was mauled to death while fetching fodder for livestock on Thursday. Villagers had conducted a 'chakka jam' on the Ramnagar-Kaladhungi stretch of road with the body of the woman, refusing to hand it over for post-mortem unless senior forest authorities assured the menace would end. It resulted in traffic snarls for hours. The woman was the seventh person to have been killed by a tiger in six months in the area. It had initially been named "man-eater" but the tag was removed on March 30 this year when it didn't attack any human for 60 days.
The tiger remains elusive. A total of 92 camera traps  have been installed on a 15-km stretch to track it in Fatehpur. Forest department staff and contractual workers have been directed to intensively patrol villages on forest fringes.

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