Apr 23, 2015
PILIBHIT: The body of a tiger on Thursday was found floatingin a feeder canal of river Sharda, about 1.5 km from Barahi forest range of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. The body bore no marks of any external injury. The PTR authorities have sent the body to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly for postmortem. Where the officials of PTR did not make any comment on the cause of death, environmentalists suspect that the tiger was poisoned. According to divisional forest officer of PTR Kailash Prakash the tiger’s body was found in the downstream of Hardoi branch. He declined comment on whether fighting with another big cat had resulted in death as there was no marks of injury on the body. He said he was awaiting the postmortem report. However, vice-president of Wildlife Biodiversity Conservation Society Amitabh Agnihotri and secretary of Save Environment Society T H Khan expressed apprehensions that the feline had been poisoned by poachers as its body had been found in a water body near Barahi forest range.Agnihotri said the forest area of Pilibhit district adjourns Shukla Phanta Wildlife Sanctuary of Nepal. Since there is no wire fencing between the two forest belts, there is no check on infiltration of poachers from Nepal. He said recent joint search and seizure operation by the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau had clearly confirmed that poachers were active in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve area. He suspected that as the tiger’s body had sunk in the water, the poachers could not take it away. Agnihotri was of the view that a pesticide could have been used to poison the animal because after its consumption, the animal becomes restless and rushes to drink water. By which time, the toxic substance takes effect and it drowns and that is what happened in case of the tiger. Khan said Bengal tigers are good swimmers and ruled out drowning as possible cause of death.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com