Oct 16, 2014
PILIBHIT: A two-year-old tiger was found dead in Mahof forest range of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve on Thursday morning. The tiger had sustained various injuries on its throat and pelvic region. Many deep wounds of claws and teeth were also found on its body. Forest officials are suggesting that the tiger might have been killed because of mating mayhem. However, the tiger’s body has been sent for post mortem at Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, to confirm the actual cause of its death. The tiger was 2.57 meters long and was in sound health. Many apparent marks of fighting were found between the adolescent tiger and a matured one in a stretch of 201 meters at the borders of Uttarakhand and UP forests. Senior forest officials including chief conservator of forest M P Singh, DFO Kailash Prakash, SDO D P Singh and Project manager of WWF Naresh Kumar reached the spot after receiving the information of recovery of a dead tiger.
The forest officials found many pug marks of a matured tiger as well as a tigress between the stretch where the killing conflict between the two tigers had taken place. According to the chief conservator, “A tigress had been reported strolling on the border of Mahof and the Surai forest ranges for the past few weeks along with her three adolescent cubs out of which two had been identified to be female while the third cub was a male.” The divisional forest officer Kailash Prakash and the project manager of WWF (India) Naresh Kumar told TOI that the present killing of tiger in infighting was third incident recorded in the forest area of Pilibhit district. Prior to this, one incident of the same kind had occurred in Mala forest range in the year 2004 in which a one year old cub had been killed by a matured tiger while the second incident had been reported from Garha forest range in 2010.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com