Tigress found dead, three cubs missing in Bandhavgarh
Published: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 at 16:41 ISTF
Bhopal: The depleting number of big cats in Madhya Pradesh has gone down further with one more tigress found dead at Bandhavgarh national park and her three cubs also untraceable, wildlife officials said Thursday. This is the third tiger death at Bandhavgarh this year.
"Park employees saw the body of the tigress aged around 6 years in Pator range of the park Tuesday evening. No injury marks were found on her body and she is suspected to have died of consuming some poisonous thing," said Chief Wildlife Warden R.S. Negi.
He said the tigress had three cubs - one male and two female, aged around 7 months, but there was no trace of these cubs too after the tigress's body was found.
Negi said a deputy ranger saw the tigress in distress on Tuesday and reported the matter. The tigress went under a culvert, where it was later found dead. Senior officials, including Director Chandrakant Patil, reached the spot and took the carcass into custody.
There were no visible injury marks on the big cat, Negi added.
A post-mortem examination was ordered and according to new norms by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, a panel of experts was required to be present when it was carried out.
Government veterinarian J.P. Tripathi, who carried out the process, said the death of the tigress seems to have been caused by poisoning because there were no signs of injury on the body.
He said the viscera would be sent for tests to the forensic science laboratory in Sagar and veterinary college, Jabalpur, for histopathology reports to confirm the cause of the tigress's death.