BSK Reddy, the chief conservator of forests (CCF), Chandrapur circle, informed that a team of forest personnel, along with veterinary doctors went to the spot. The carcass was sent for a post mortem. “Poisoning of the wild animal can’t be ruled out,” he added.
With the death of this leopard, as many as 19 big cats were killed within the periphery of Tadoba Tiger Reserve in last 10 years. Most of them fell prey to poachers.
Tadoba, one of the oldest national parks in the country, is spread over 1727.59 sq kms of hills and lush valleys, covered with dense teak and bamboo forests. Of this, 625.82 kms is core area while rests are buffer zone. It is also home to wild dogs, leopard, bison, sloth bear and hyena, apart from 69 tigers.
It is the only tiger reserve in the country where 38 cubs were born since January 2010.