On Wednesday, Arpit Mishra, an official from the Indian Forest Services (IFS) posted to MP’s Pench Tiger Reserve took to Twitter to officially disclose that a woman was found dead in a forested area. She had been killed, but not eaten by a tiger.
Located on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, Pench is a compact forest that stretches around 100 miles.
According to the officer, the woman's corpse was discovered on Wednesday morning with bloody sharp scratches, the kind a tiger is known for inflicting.
“Usually when a tiger hunts its prey with the purpose of eating it, the chances of the prey surviving the attack are pretty meek. If a tiger is responsible behind this case, the chances are very strong that it was just a human-animal confrontation gone wrong. The pictures of the dead body do show bruises, but there seems to be no sign of a deliberate attack on her neck – the typical way a tiger hunts", Vandana Pandey, a former human-animal conflict mitigation officer at the Wildlife Trust of India told Sputnik.
On 8 April, forest officer Mishra posted a video clip on Twitter that showed a tiger – who appeared to have been tranqualised – being carried away on a stretcher for re-location after another person from a nearby village was supposedly “killed” by it.
#Tiger Rescued & Shifted By Pench Tiger Reserve Rescue Squad— Arpit Mishra, MP Forest (@ArpitForest) April 14, 2020
A women, Mahua collecter died in Tiger attack (in the morning, 8 April, 2020) in Pench, Seoni @pradeepifsmp @deespeak @anilkumble1074 @WCT_India @RandeepHooda @aajtak @anjanaomkashyap @SwetaSinghAT pic.twitter.com/qO1KOJtKIW
The tiger accused of killing the woman was “rescued and released” into a more isolated location away from civilisation by forest guards.
Tiger sightings in the state, containing six forest reserves surrounded by villages also hosts a significant population of over 526 tigers and attracts thousands of tourists every year from around the world, have significantly increased in the recent times.
The rules about entering forested areas are enumerated in the Indian Forest Act of 1927, which prohibits ordinary people from entering the jungle area without official permits and especially on foot.