Nov 30, 2013
An adult Tiger was found dead inside forest area in Barahi range of Pilibhit on Wednesday morning. Post mortem report did not show any sign of injury. The forest department officials, however, did not rule out poisoning as cause of death. “It’s only after the IVRI report comes that we will be able to know the cause of death,” said district forest officer Pilibhit, A K Singh. “We did not find any other carcass in the 500 metre area which could ascertain if the big cat died after eating a poisoned carcass,” said the official. The forest department is awaiting the viscera report and two other reports to find out if the dead feline was ill. The tiger was about 9-10 years of age and the carcass was intact. Pilibhit has reported tiger deaths in past also. In May 2012, two adult tigers were found dead due to poisoning in Haripur range on consecutive days. Pilibhit forest has a good population of tigers in forest patches which are not under the protected area. To protect the tigers, Pilibhit division needs to focus on extra measures to beef up security for the wild population. At the same time, the division has high biotic pressure on forest area. The death of two tigers whose carcasses were found last year was result of reprisals by villagers and forest department had got the culprits arrested. After tigers attack, kill and eat the livestock, angry villagers retaliate by killing them. The IVRI report, said the official, will establish the cause of death of the tiger found dead on Wednesday.”We have increased the vigil and alert has been sounded to check any repetition of the incident,” said the DFO.
– As posted in TOI