Around 150 forest officials and two teams of tiger conservation have been deployed to catch the wild animal.
Forest officials said that the tiger moved towards the forest on a couple of occasions but returned to one or another village abutting the hills in search of prey.
The adult male tiger which returned to Pothuluru village after moving towards the reserve forest, was spotted near Vajrakutam village in Sankhavaram mandal of Kakinada district on Saturday.
After Thursday night's cattle kill, the forest and wildlife conservation authorities set up two cages to catch the tiger, which is on the prowl in the forest fringe villages.
Forest department and wildlife conservation teams are preparing to catch the adult male tiger at Serabavaram in Prathipadu mandal.
The officials said the wild cat, identified as a young adult male, has not been traced since the past few days.
fficials at Kakinada, too, are playing the same game to capture the elusive tiger, apparently a young adult male, that has strayed into human habitation in Gollaprolu and killed six buffaloes.