Captured tigress dies in Bhadra sanctuary
4 Jul 2009, 2259 hrs IST, TNN
CHIKMAGALUR: The three-year-old tigress which was captured near the Nagarahole National Park and then relocated to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary was found dead on Friday.
The tigress was captured last Tuesday after it terrrorized villagers with its frequent attacks on the cattle. The cause for the death will be known only after the post-mortem report.
Sanctuary authorities said the tigress died naturally and was not involved in any territorial fight. They suspect that the wild cat may have died either because the tranquilizer dose may have been in excess or due to the stress while acclimatizing to its new territory.
Authorities in Nagarahole national park had consulted wildlife experts before releasing it to Bhadra. They had assured the authorities that the Bhadra prey-predator base was balanced and the tigress would not have any problems in acclimatizing itself to the new territory.