Train kills tigress in Budhni; 2nd death in past 20 days

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Dec 2016 11:54:49

Staff Reporter

A young tigress was hit by speeding train died in Budhni area very close to Satpura Tiger Reserve on Thursday morning. This is the second feline to have been killed by speeding train in State over past 20 days. One of the hind legs of tigress was found missing. Officials suspected that hind leg of the tigress would have been stuck with the train wheels. The tigress was hit by Inter-City Express running from Itarsi to Bhopal on Wednesday night. After witnessing the tigress carcass on track, Railways officials informed the Forest Department regarding issue. Post-mortem was conducted at Basapur chowki.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ forest officials said Budhni is very close to Satpura Tiger Reserve and large numbers of felines are active in the jungle. It may be noted that on December 6, tiger was killed by train in Majhgawan village very close to Chitahara jungles under Satna district.
Forest team immediately rushed to the spot after and seized the corpse of stripped animal. A team of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) also visited the spot and prepared a detailed report.

Criticising the train accident of felines, wildlife activist Ajay Dubey said he would write a letter to Railway Ministry, Union Forest Minister and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). He said demand would be made to keep big cats safe in Madhya Pradesh. According to Ajay Dubey, there are 32 tigers died in different incidents in state during year 2016. He said earlier in year 2014 then Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Narendra Kumar wrote to NTCA demanding to reduce the speed of trains in Shahdol, Bilaspur, Katni and Umaria areas. In February this year, there were proposal to make five-feet guard fencing in 15 kilometer area of Barkhedi-Budhni section.