MH-TIGRESS-TOURISTS-CHASEPTI | Nagpur | Updated: 13-11-2018 13:44 IST | Created: 13-11-2018 13:44 IST
A video of a tigress
chasing a tourist vehicle in the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve
in Maharashtra has gone viral on social media.
In the video clip, tourists were seen having
goosebumps as they noticed the striped animal running after
their sport utility vehicle (SUV).
Range Forest Officer Raghvendra Moon said the incident
took place on Sunday in a buffer zone of the tiger reserve,
located in the neighbouring Chandrapur district.
The three-and-a-half year old tigress, named 'Chhoti
Madhu', may have got infuriated due to the visitors' vehicle
coming very near to her, he said.
Following the incident, the road in the forest was
closed for visitors for a week, he said.
Officials of the forest department later held meetings
with tourist guides and drivers and asked them to maintain a
minimum 50-metre distance from felines in the forest, he said.
Tourists were also being asked to follow the forest
department's guidelines before entering a wildlife habitat,
the official said.
Maharashtra has six tiger reserves which cover an area
of around 9,116 sq km.
Pench, Melghat, Sahyadri and Tadoba-Andhari are some
of the popular tiger reserves that attract a large number of
wildlife enthusiasts every year.
There are nearly 165 tigers inhabiting the state's
reserves where eco-tourism generated a collective revenue of
around Rs 11.76 crore in 2017-18, another forest official