A tiger died at the MP’s Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve on Sunday, bringing the number of tigers reported dead in the state to nine this year.
A senior forest official said Tiger T 13, also known as Blue Eyed Tiger, seems to have died of wounds it sustained in a territorial fight on Friday in the reserve. Deep injuries were found in the neck, shoulder and near an eye of the tiger. The forest official said the main cause of death will be established only after a postmortem examination is carried out.
An injured T 13 was spotted by villagers sitting near a stop dam in Bartaja Tola. When forest officials, including deputy director KP Bangar and forest ranger OP Bhalavi reached there, the tiger reportedly attacked them, leaving both Bangar and Bhalavi injured. Officials said the big cat died on Sunday despite treatment by a veterinary doctor.
Some have, however, alleged foul play by the doctor who treated the tiger and demanded that the post mortem examination not be carried out by him.
In February, a tiger from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve was killed near National Highway-78 in an accident. Seven tiger deaths were reported from Pench Tiger Reserve located on the border of Chhindwara and Seoni district.