Forest officials and NGOs have spotted a female tiger after almost a month of identifying pugmarks at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, indicating reappearance of the big cat in the city after 83 years.
Deputy conservator of forest of SNGP, S Bharati told PTI that a female tiger was physically spotted in Nagla area along the Ullas river/Vasai creek and a member of an NGO, Mayur Kamat had videographed the wild cat.
Bharati said the female tiger was believed to be staying with a companion in the mangrove forests at Korlai within SGNP, about 10 km from suburban Borivli.
Nature conservationists were excited over the finding of pugmark of Tiger on May 16 near the water body at SGNP.
However, report of scat (droppings) samples, which were sent to the Wildlife Institute of India, at Dehradun in Uttaranchal were awaited, Bharati said.
Since the park officials were not sure about the corridor that the big cat might have taken to enter the area last month, with assistance from Bangalore based wild-life expert Ulhas Karanth they put up three cameras to photograph the animal at Nagla Block for forest records.
They, however, could not photograph the animal. But Kamat videographed the tiger, Bharati said.
Environmentalist Debi Goenka said steps should be taken to protect the area from human encroachment due to the tiger's presence.
Goenka had filed a PIL, prompting the Mumbai High court to order eviction of encroachers from SGNP.