Tiger found dead in suspicious circumstances in Ratapani

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2018 11:50:04


Staff Reporter,

Carcass of an adult tiger was found in Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary under Raisen district on Wednesday morning. Paws of the tiger were chopped which indicate poaching of the tiger.  Forest officials said that it is about three to four days old carcass. The case belongs to  Bineka range of Obedullaganj forest circle. Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team from Van Vihar National immediately left for the spot to probe the matter. A dog squad team has been also sent to investigate the case.

The tiger is about eight years old and the two front paws of tiger are chopped and missing.  Forest officials said that other parts like tiger skin, tooth, etc are intact. Usually, tigers are poached for their skin, tooth and other body parts. Therefore, still it is not clear whether the tiger was poached for the body parts or someone chopped the paws of dead tiger. Samples has been collected and sent for the forensic report. There is no external injury on tiger’s body.

This incident takes death toll of tigers in Madhya Pradesh to 22 during the year 2018. Chief Wildlife Warden Shahbaz Ahmad suspected that it could be a poaching case based on the first information received from the spot and field officials. “We cannot say anything till post-mortem report releases. Team has been assigned there to enquire the matter,” the Chief Wildlife Warden added. Special Task Force (STF) is also looking for clues of the case with the help of sniffer dogs. This is the second such case in which paws of tiger is chopped and missing ion the same area. On March 29, 2018, a 12 to 13 years old tigress was found dead with chopped paws in the same area. Local villagers of the area while moving towards forest for their daily task found carcass of the tigress and informed forest department.

RTI activist and Prayatna Secretary, Ajay Dubey said, “no doubt number of big cats has increased in our State so there is a need to pay immediate attention towards their safety and securing natural corridors. It is very important to manage the tiger population as they moving out of protected areas to find out new habitat.” He further said tigers are also being poached in the State for black magic and other suspicious activities. Dubey suspects that tiger might be poached for such activity as the front paws were chopped. He said, many people specially in tribal areas believe that tiger’s paws, blood and other few body part can help them to become rich.