Tiger pugmarks spotted at Sariya falls, tourists urged to defer visit

As Sariya waterfalls, 70 km from Visakhapatnam, is one of the most sought after tourist destinations, forest officials have appealed to the tourists to defer their plans  to visit the attraction.

Published: 15th July 2023 08:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th July 2023 08:43 AM   |  A+A-

Image used for representational purpose.

By Express News Service

VISAKHAPATNAM: An alert was sounded in Valabu village of Anakapalle district after pugmarks of the elusive tiger were spotted near the Sariya waterfalls on Thursday. Forest officials confirmed the presence of the wild cat in the vicinity and said camera traps will be installed to monitor its movement.

As Sariya Waterfalls, 70 km from Visakhapatnam, is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations, forest officials have appealed to the tourists to defer their plans to visit the attraction.

Stating that all precautionary measures are being taken, they advised the people of Valabu and nearby villages to be cautious and not venture out alone as the wild cat may return to the waterfalls to drink water.

The elusive tiger has been on the prowl for over a year. It was first spotted in East Godavari district and strayed into the Anakapalle district via Chodavaram, Yelamanchili, Kotauratla, Kasimkota, K Kotapadu and Sabbavaram.

Later, it forayed into Vizianagaram district after a stopover at Elluppi reserve forest in the Pendurti forest section of Anakapalle division, thus creating panic among the people living in villages abutting the forest and hilly areas of the district.

Forest officials said the tiger returned to Anakapalle district after two months and it was spotted in the areas of Jeenabadu and Butchipalem in Devarapalle mandal and Konara in Cheedikada mandal.

Follow The New Indian Express channel on WhatsApp


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp