Carcass of a tiger was found in Pench Tiger Reserve’s Karmajhiri range on Saturday evening, taking the toll of tiger deaths in Pench to nine since January this year.
Pench Tiger Reserve field director Shubranjan Sen told HT that the 3-year-old male tiger died in a territorial fight with another tiger in the Reserve. He said the postmortem was conducted on Sunday morning and from the condition of the carcass, it appeared that the tiger died four days ago.
Sen said the patrolling staff felt the stench in the area and after a search, they found the body of the tiger.
The Reserve has around 45 tigers in the core and 16 in the buffer area. The reserve is spread over 1,179 sq km including 411 sq km core and 768 sq km buffer areas in Seoni and Chhindwara districts.
With this, 21 tigers have died in MP since January 1.
The state has recorded the highest tiger mortality in the country this year.
In January 2015, the latest tiger census showed tiger numbers had increased from 257 in 2010 to 308 in MP. However, since January 2015, 32 tigers have died in MP.
Tiger deaths in Madhya Pradesh
April 5: Carcass of a tiger was found buried in an agricultural field in Bandhan Rawat village of Chhindwara.
March 29: Two cubs of Bhaginnala tigress were found dead inside the core of Pench.
March 28: The Bhaginnala tigress was found dead inside the core of Pench due to Endosulphan pesticide poisoning.
January 31: A tiger from Gumtara range of Pench died due to septicemia following injury near its elbow.
January 8: A 3-year-old tigress was electrocuted. Her carcass was found hidden under stones in the Chourai range of East Chhindwara.
January 2: A tiger from Pench died in Deolapar range of Maharashtra. On the same day, a tiger died in Ghatkohka buffer zone of Pench after falling into a well.