Wednesday, November 04, 2009

India: Tiger kills cub inside Kanha

Staff Reporter | Bhopal
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

An 11-month old female tiger cub was killed inside the Kanha National Park on Sunday. The cub was killed by an adult tiger in the park premises. In another incident, a two-year-old tigress was attacked and killed by a tiger.

According to official sources, the body of a female cub was recovered inside Kanha National Park. The Forest officials spotted the body in the evening and after taking the body into possession, the autopsy was conducted. The post-mortem report has revealed attack by any male big cat as the reason behind the death.

A two-year-old female tigress was killed inside the park in Kisli range in a similar incident in September 17. The body was found on Sunday evening inside the park near Khatiya gate. The autopsy revealed tiger attack as the reason behind the death. Forest officials then had claimed that tigers occasionally attack cubs and kill them and such incidents were natural. A senior Forest official also confirmed the cub's death.

Kanha National Park has witnessed as many as six tiger deaths from the end of 2008 till the initial few months of this year. While a few of them died in road accidents, some of them died to suspected poisoning. The Wildlife Crime wing had also got the issue of tiger deaths probed.

However, the park in a bid to safeguard the scanty tiger population had mooted a unique tiger conservation plan by preparing photo database of the tigers. The project would be implemented at other tiger reserves of the country after the Centre okays a proposal by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to replicate the Kanha (Madhya Pradesh) model of allotting each tiger an identity card across all the tiger reserves located in 17 States. Authorities at Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh have so far photographed as many as 69 big cats and profiled them in a photo-directory.

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