UPDATE – 12:15 PM, Tuesday – 11/22/22
Kumram Bheem Asifabad: Tigers that have been roaming the Kaghaznagar forest area are now said to be taking temporary refuge in the forests of the Bejjur mountains. This is in the past six days, hunting a wild boar, feasting on it, and walking nearly 100 kilometers. Forest officials said the tiger was facing an intense territorial conflict from three resident tigers.
“The tiger was moving around the perimeter of an area that was left smelling of urine by a resident tiger. It had been chased by the resident tiger for trying to enter the territory on Monday. It will have to be seen whether tourists will pass to beat the local Tigers may gain the upper hand by returning to their habitat in Maharashtra,” a forest official told Telangana Today.
The visiting tiger from Maharashtra was also suspected of injuring a tribal farmer, Sidam Bheem, 69, who died in Wankidi on November 15, reportedly after a confrontation with a local tiger , it was forced to drift into the forest of the Kaghaznagar subdivision on November 17, it passed through the Kaghaznagar forest range and has now entered the forest of the Bejjur range where two male and two female tigers have been living for quite a long time.
Forestry officials say tigers that win territorial battles occupy habitat and rule for long periods of time. Big cats establish territorial supremacy through pheromones, tree grasping and glue, they say. They deduce that pheromones play a crucial role in communication between tigers.
Meanwhile, the tiger’s pause in the Bejjur forest is a relief to forest officials who have been up all night, as well as rural residents who have been living in fear since the human killing in Wankidi. Officials said the tiger could return to Maharashtra’s forests or settle in the wild in the region, depending on a number of factors including territorial conflicts.