Another tiger found dead in Panna
"The dead tiger was sighted Tuesday evening by park officials," sources in the forest department said.
There are, however, no injury marks and the actual cause of death would be known only after the post mortem, they said.
Forest officials including the director and the deputy director of the park, have left for Panna to collect the body.
On May 5, a tiger cub was found dead in the same park.
The controversy over the number of tigers further deepened when wildlife biologist M. Raghu Chundawat revealed that four of the six tigers on which his team had put radio collars were missing, and nine out of another 11 tigers that he was tracking were untraceable.
Chundawat, who had made the national park his home for over nine years to study the behaviour of the feline predators, no longer lives there.
After he went public with the startling revelations about the missing tigers, his house inside the park was demolished by the government, which termed his findings a 'hoax'.
The government maintains there are 34 tigers in Panna. But a Supreme Court-appointed committee, in its report, voiced fear of 'Panna going the Sariska way unless some urgent steps were taken'.
Following the warning, combing operations were launched in Panna. Though no tiger remains were seized, the operation yielded equipment like iron snare and electricity cables, used for catching tigers.
The forest department and police have been working closely and a review meeting of anti-poaching operations was held only last week.
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