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Two tiger deaths in reported 12 hrs in MP

Dainik Savera
15 Jan 2018

A tigress has been killed ostensibly by a tiger in Madhya Pradesh Kanha Tiger reserve, marking the second big cat death within 12 hours in the state which has a high feline mortality rate.

Deputy director of the tiger reserve KS Bhadoriya said the half eaten carcass of the tigress named Budbudi (T-83) was found on Saturday evening in Kisli range.

After seeing the injury marks and as the carcass was found in the area dominated by a male tiger named Sangam (T-56), forest officials suspect him as the killer.

Sangam either attacked the victim to reaffirm his dominance over the area or because his advances were spurned by Budbudi, officials suspect. They said such killing is not uncommon.

Vijayarajan Muthu, tiger enthusiast and one of the key members in Tiger of Kanha group Facebook posted, Budbudi female, the Grand Matriarch of Kisli is no more Initial reports strongly suggest she was apparently killed and also partially eaten by Sangam Male T-56. Meanwhile, badly decomposed carcass of another tiger was found on Saturday in Keolari range of south Seoni, with its paws missing, making it a suspected case of poaching.

Seoni South district forest officer (DFO) PS Sulya confirming the recovery said investigation was on to ascertain the cause of the death.