While hiking through the forest, a female park ranger was mauled to death by a tiger in front of horrified friends.
While hiking through the forest, a FAMALE park ranger was mauled to death by a tiger in front of her coworkers.
Swati Dhumane, 46, was conducting a routine tiger sign survey when Maya, a 10-year-old tigress, attacked her.
The terrifying incident occurred on Saturday in India’s Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).
Dhumane and three colleagues “walked about four kilometers from the TATR Kolara gate when they spotted the tigress on a road… about 200 meters away,” according to TATR Field Director Jitendra Ramgaokar.
“They waited about 30 minutes for her to leave, but when she didn’t move, Dhumane decided to take a detour through the adjacent patch of forest to get past,” he continued.
“At that point, the tigress detected movement within the forest.”
It pursued the four individuals and attacked Dhumane, who was following the three laborers.”
Dhumane’s body was discovered hours later and taken to the park for a post-mortem.
The tiger sign survey, which is meant to document the animal’s activities, has been put on hold for the time being.
Tourists were waiting on the road on the other side of the tiger, according to Nandkishore Kale, Deputy Director of TATR.
“Dhumane and the three assistants had completed four kilometers of [the]sign survey and wanted to finish five kilometers,” he said.
“On such occasions, it is usually best to return and finish the remaining portion when the path is clear.
“The three assistants raised an alarm, but the bamboo clumps were so dense that they couldn’t help Dhumane.”
Since joining TATR a year ago, this was Dhumane’s first wildlife posting.
After attacks in 2017 and 2020, she is the third person to be mauled by Maya.
According to Bandu Dhotre, a leading wildlife expert, tigers rarely attack humans, especially in tourist areas.
“Tourists rush up close to tigers, but the tigers never attack them,” he explained.
“To say the least, Maya’s assault on the forest guard is shocking.”
People should “exercise caution when approaching her,” according to a senior official.
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