Forest Guard Killed By Tigress Maya: A female security guard attacked a tigress on Saturday morning in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve of Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. The lady guard died on the spot.
The field director of Tiger Reserve gave this information. Security guard Swati Dumane was surveying to find out the number of tigers; during this time, a tigress attacked Swati fatally. The name of the tigress who attacked Swati is ‘Maya’.
Forest Guard Killed By Tigress Maya
The incident happened on Saturday morning around 8 am. Field director Jitendra Ramgaonkar told Express that at 7 am, security guard Swati Dumane and three guards went on survey work. These four walk about four kilometres to reach the core area of the Tiger Reserve, Kolara Forest Range. The team saw Maya, a tigress, sitting on the road at a distance of about 200 meters.
The team waited for the tigress to leave for about half an hour, but the tigress remained sitting there. Because of this, Swati Dumane started trying to go through another forest route to conduct the survey. Swati was following the three guards. During this, the tigress’s attention shifted to the team, and she started chasing them.
After some time, that tigress attacked Swati Dumane and dragged her inside the forest. The age of this tigress is ten years. Later Swati’s body was found and sent for postmortem.
On the other hand, Nandkishore Kale, Deputy Conservator of Forests of Tiger Reserve, told the newspaper,
“Some tourist vehicles were parked on the other side of the road where the tigress was sitting. Dumane and his colleagues had completed a 4 km survey, and they wanted to do a 1 km more survey. Therefore, even after seeing the tigress, he thought of going the other way. However, the security guards are told not to move forward until the path is cleared”.
According to Nandkishore Kale, Dumane had joined TATR only a year ago, and this was his first posting as a security guard.
Conservator of Forest Jitendra Ramgaonkar said that after the incident, the sign survey and walking exercise of AITE (All India Tiger Estimation)-2022 had been stopped till further notice. During this survey, the presence of tigers in the forest is ascertained with the help of footprints of tigers, their scratch marks on trees and dung.
Maya has killed three humans.
A senior official said
“This is Maya’s third attack on humans. Earlier, in May 2017, a forest labourer and in December 2020, a woman was attacked and killed by Maya. There is a need to be careful around this tigress.
Bandhu Dhotre, a prominent wildlife activist of Chandrapur and a member of the State Wildlife Board, says that
“Generally, in the tourist zone, tigers do not attack humans. Many times the tourists also reach very close to the tigers, but the tigers never attack them. In this way, Maya tigress has attacked the security guard; it is very shocking.”
Earlier in 2012, a security guard was killed by a tiger near the water hole.