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Tiger mauls 50-year-old woman to death, forest officials on the lookout

GUWAHATI: A 50-year-old woman was mauled to death by a tiger at Dolabari on Monday. The area lies on the outskirts of Tezpur town in Sonitpur district.

The woman, identified as Rabia Khatun, was attacked by the tiger while she was on her way home from her morning namaaz. She succumbed to injuries on her way to the hospital.

Forest department officials, veterinary surgeons of the Kaziranga-based Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), experts of WWF India and other conservation agencies have finalised a plan for tranquilising the tiger.

"However, the tiger could not be darted during the day because of a large crowd of onlookers hampering the operation. It is best to do it after 10 pm. The crowd needs to thin. We have also closed down the local market so that the tiger does not stray further into human areas," said Tezpur conservator of forest, P Sivkumar.

The tiger is believed to have strayed out of the Kaziranga National Park, on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra, and reached Dolabari on the northern bank of the river.

"After the attack, the tiger took shelter in a forested area inside an industrial plot at Dolabari - the caretaker of the plot has informed us," said a CWRC official.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Tiger-mauls-50-year-old-woman-to-death-forest-officials-on-the-lookout/articleshow/55681408.cms