Poisoning claimed last big cat at Panna
STAFF REPORTER 14:8 HRS IST
Bhopal, July 17 (PTI) Poisoning claimed the life of the last tigress in Madhya Pradesh's Panna Tiger Reserve, which is now devoid of the big cat, except for two trans-located felines.
"The last tigress that was found dead in the second fortnight of May 2006 in the reserve had died due to poisoning," Reserve Director R S Murthy told PTI.
"The feline, around eight-years-old, was found dead on May 23, 2006 after it was given endosuplhan (pesticide), according to its post-mortem report," a top forest official said.
Earlier on May 5, decomposed body of a cub, believed to be of the dead tigress, was recovered from the reserve, spread over 543 sq km in Panna and Chhattarpur districts of eastern Madhya Pradesh, he said.
The post-mortem report of the cub could not ascertain the cause of the death as only its carcass (skin and bones) was found, the official said.