because every tiger counts...
 

News

>> Third tiger reserve core area opened for irrigation project construction   >> Population of elephants declined by about 3,000 in past five years   >> Leopard rescued from well in Wayanad   >> India`s elephant population stable: Census   >> Tiger scare haunts Pilibhit   >> Tiger reserve eco-zone runs into trouble   >> State to translocate tiger population across reserve   >> Tiger data   >> Infighting killed most tigers in 5 yrs   >> Uttarakhand records jump in tiger numbers   >> 5 poaching suspects detained in Gudalur   >> Sahyadri Tiger Reserve has no STPF in spite of govt approval   >> Tiger spy in the Jungle, July 15, Sony BBC Earth   >> Panel suggests ‘problem tigress’ should be released into the wild   >> 5 poachers arrested   >> Tiger carcass found in Nilgiris forests   >> Tigress found dead in river   >> Tiger-poaching gang sighted in Nilgiris   >> Kaziranga using drones to monitor flood-affected animals   >> Siberian tiger gives birth to septuplets   >> On July 20, say happy birthday to tiger Vijay in Delhi zoo   >> Two tiger cubs killed in Tadoba Tiger Reserve   >> White tiger’ spotted in the Nilgiris   >> Tiger kills two cubs in Tadoba reserve in Maharashtra   >> `For compensation, elderly sent to forests as tiger prey`   >> Tiger reserves to remain closed during monsoon   >> Kin force village elders into tiger reserve, claim compensation for death: report   >> Special monsoon patrolling to curb poaching in Corbett   >> Hurt tigress shifted   >> HC quashes shoot at sight order against tigress   >> Poaching racket exposed, 12kg tiger bones, nails seized from Pench tribals   >> 67 tiger deaths reported in first half of 2017   >> Tiger numbers swell in Karnataka   >> Tiger count in Kaziranga rises from 83 to 104 in 3 years   >> Rs 3.40-cr for tiger relocation at Rajaji Park   >> In Sariska, tiger pushes son out of reserve’s core area   >> Leopards revel in Siswan`s nights   >> Tiny Orang roars on tiger density   >> Relocation of village in Melghat tiger reserve gains momentum   >> Tiger Skin   >> 4 held with animal skin   >> Poacher held   >> Leopard mauls forest ranger   >> Few takers for SGNP’s animal adoption scheme   >> 62 tigers sighted during annual waterhole census at TATR   >> Tigers are now back at Assams Manas reserve   >> Tigers kills six elephants in Kerala’s Wayanad as drought triggers fierce water war   >> 9th tiger dies in U`khand in just 5 months   >> Tiger found dead in MP reserve   >> Four held for poisoning tiger in Erode   >> more >>   
 

News

back Go Back        Print

Fifth tiger dies in Bandhavgarh; toll goes up to 25 in MP this year

Hindustan Times
New Delhi
4 Nov 2016

The carcass of a 7-year-old tiger was found in Bandhavgarh tiger reserve on Friday afternoon, taking the striped cat’s mortality in Madhya Pradesh to 25 this year.

KP Bangar, in-charge field director Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve told HT on phone that the carcass was found in Panpatha area of the buffer zone by a forest patrol around 3 pm on Friday. The big cat had died at least two to three days ago.

“There are no injury marks or missing body parts. It is a mystery how a tiger in the prime of his life died like this. I have asked the officials concerned to take samples of the kills in the nearby areas to check the possibility of poisoning,” he said.

Bangar said the carcass would be cremated on Saturday morning. “Sniffer dogs will also arrive in the morning. So we have not disturbed the carcass from its position. We have fenced it. The exact cause of its death will be clear by Saturday evening when the postmortem result will come,” he said.

This is the fifth tiger death in Bandhavgarh and 25th in the state this year. Three tiger reserves -Kanha, Pench and Bandhavgarh - are witnessing tiger mortality of an unprecedented scale. The majority of tiger deaths -19 out of 25- are from Pench and Kanha tiger reserve. In Pench, ten tigers died since January 1, while nine have died in Kanha so far this year.

It is also the fourth tiger death in Madhya Pradesh in just over a month. On September 29, a one-year-old tigress died in Pench tiger reserve’s buffer area due to starvation. The tigress had died due to poor hunting skills. Then on October 22, the carcass of another 6 to 8-year-old tiger was found in Khatiya range of Kanha tiger reserve, with all its four paws chopped off. The tiger had died due to electrocution. On October 28, the carcass of another tiger was found in Kanha.

Bandhavgarh tiger reserve, located between the Vindhya and Satpura ranges in Umaria district, has one of the highest tiger densities in the country, with 61 adult tigers and 12 sub-adults. Due to this, the reserve has been witnessing incidents of man-animal conflict in last few years, with both man and tiger getting killed.

Tiger deaths in Bandhavgarh this year

November 4: Carcass of 7-year-old tiger was found on Friday afternoon in Bandhavgarh tiger reserve.

June 17: Tiger cub dies at Bandhavgarh tiger reserve in a territorial fight according to wildlife officials.

May 19: Tiger dies in Magadhi area of Bandhavgarh tiger reserve

April 10: Blue-eyed tiger dies in Bandhavgarh tiger reserve in a territorial fight.

February 22: Tiger dies in Umaria district after being hit by a vehicle.