Thursday, March 23, 2006

Five tiger deaths in Uttaranchal in two months

India: Five tiger deaths in Uttaranchal in two months

[ Thursday, March 23, 2006 10:20:44 amIANS ]



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LUCKNOW: A spate of tiger deaths at the Corbett National Park and the adjoining Rajaji National Park in Uttaranchal has raised concerns among wildlife experts.


As many as four tigers were found dead over the past two months at Corbett, India's oldest wildlife reserve and home to about 140 tigers. Another tiger was reportedly mauled by an elephant at the Rajaji park about six weeks ago.


Four of the five dead tigers were females.


After almost two months since the first death was reported, wildlife officials sprung into action Tuesday. A team of experts rushed from the Indian wildlife institute at Dehradun to the Corbett Park.


The carcass of the last tiger, which reportedly died Friday, was discovered Monday in the Ramnagar forest range in the outer periphery of Corbett. Officials attributed the deaths to infighting or physically incompatible mating.


“Three of the four female victims were apparently killed fighting its rivals while one died as a result of mating with a much heavier and bigger male," Uttaranchal chief wildlife conservator S.K. Chandola told.


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