A day after tiger, tigress also found dead at same spot

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jan 2019 10:51:08


Special Correspondent,

The year started with the deaths of two leopards at Singhvihir under Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali, and ended it with the death of a tigress in Paoni range of Umrer-Paoni-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary on the last day of the year.

Another tigress T-4 ‘Rayee’ aged six to seven years was found dead due to poisoning in compartment no: 226, Chichgaon beat, Paoni Forest Range of the sanctuary, on Monday after the death of a tiger also by poisoning yesterday. The carcass was found just over 100 metres away from the spot. With this death, the toll of deaths of tigers has gone to 20 in Maharashtra.

Ravikiran Gowekar, Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director, Pench Tiger Reserve and In-charge of this wildlife sanctuary, said that in both the cases the beasts had consumed the wild pig meat. All samples were collected suspecting poisoning to the wild pig and probable consumption of the meat by the tigress and tiger. 

A massive search operation was undertaken to collect possible evidences and find out any other death. During morning operation, forest staff found carcass of the tigress near Nagachi bodi as well half eaten up carcass of the wild pig and carcass of Common Indian Civet. The surrounding area of the sanctuary has been known for hunting of herbivore using certain material including poisonous chemicals. It appears prima facie that both the beasts consumed the poison induced wild pig. However, final confirmation will be done only after toxicological analysis, he added.

A committee was constituted for the purpose as was done yesterday. Meanwhile, dog squads from Nagpur and Tadoba have been called for scanning the area. Opinion of Dr Vijay Thakre, Deputy Director, Regional Forensic Science Lab, Nagpur, was also sought and field action completed accordingly. All efforts are being made to investigate the criminal intent. The samples were collected to ascertain the cause of death due to suspected poisoning as well as for DNA studies. The carcasses of tigress and wild pic were discposed off as the protocol.