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Another tiger found dead in Kumaon, 2nd in two days in Uttarakhand

The Times of India
New Delhi
22 Feb 2017

NAINITAL: The body of the tiger was found in Chhoi village of Ramnagar in Terai West forest division of Kumaon on Wednesday. A day earlier, a big cat was found dead in the Chidiyapur range of Haridwar forest division.

Subhash Chandra, divisional forest officer, Terai West told TOI, "Findings of post-mortem report clearly indicate towards injuries inflicted in territorial fight between two tigers. Injury marks of claws and teeth were found on the body of the tiger."

Injury marks of claws were found all over the half-decomposed body of the dead ones and teeth marks near neck and forelimbs. Bits and parts of the body started rotting but most of the organs were safe.

Since the beginning of this year, deaths of four adult tigers (including today`s fatality) have been reported in separate incidents in the state due to causes ranging from territorial fights to alleged poisoning.

A half decomposed body of a male tiger was spotted by forest guards in Chhoi village, 6Kms from Ramnagar town in the vicinity of Corbett National Park. As the news of dead tiger spread, officials from the forest department rushed to the spot sensing the seriousness of the matter.

The body was seized immediately and sent for medical examination and post-mortem to ascertain the cause of death. The front line staff was instructed to scan the territory so that the reason for death of the animal could be known The post-mortem report also revealed that the animal grew weaker due to inability of hunting as his injuries took toll on him. Eventually, the big cat succumbed to the wounds which he received during the territorial fighting with the other tiger.

The forest department officials also added that the mating season for tigers is going on so may the fight broke out for possession of the female.

The spate of deaths has set alarm bells ringing in the wildlife fraternity especially since the state has a population of just 340 tigers as per the last census conducted in 2014.

Earlier, on February 16, half-decomposed body of a male tiger was found in the Bailpadav range of Ramnagar in Nainital district. Post-mortem reports suggested that the big cat, around 8 years old, died after being involved in a fight with another animal. Another tiger was found dead on January 19 and reason was cited as territorial fighting by the forest department.