A tiger was killed on Monday night when it was hit by a speeding train on the Satna-Allahabad track in Satna district, around 80 km from Panna Tiger Reserve. This is the seventh tiger to have been killed in the state over the past three months and the 28th this year.
Satna conservator of forests RB Sharma said the four-year-old male tiger had injury marks on its head and left limbs. “The tiger was perhaps hit sideways by the train… The left foot seems to have broken and there were some injuries on its head, and its nose was bleeding,” he said.
Sharma said they were informed of the incident by the locomotive pilot of the Mahakaushal Express, after he saw the tiger’s body near the track.
“We reached there around midnight and found that the tiger had died. We shifted the carcass to Satna and conducted its post mortem. We are waiting for a representative of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for its last rites,” he said.
Sharma said that a radio-collared tigress from the Panna Tiger Reserve and two other males are currently moving in the forests of Satna district. “I have written to the railway authorities that they slow the speed of trains passing through these areas so that there are no further wildlife deaths, especially tigers. I have also written that the railway authorities construct a few underpasses in this area as these forests are a part of tiger corridors,” he said.
Panna Tiger Reserve field director Vivek Jain told HT that he has sought photographs of the carcass, which will be matched with the stripe data of the reserve in order to ascertain the identity of the tiger. “Unless we match the stripe pattern, I can’t say whether this tiger was from Panna or not”, he said.
TIGER DEATHS IN LAST 3 MONTHS
November 29: Male tiger T37 kills 20-month-old female cub inside an enclosure at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.
November 22: Carcass of seven-year-old male tiger found in Balaghat district’s Katangi area, with its paws and part of its skin missing
November 4: Seven-year-old male tiger’s carcass found in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. The tiger was electrocuted.
October 28: Carcass of seven-yearold male tiger found in Kanha Tiger Reserve. Body had injury marks, indicating that it was killed in a territorial fight.
October 22: Carcass of eight-yearold male tiger found in Kanha Tiger Reserve with its paws missing. The tiger had died due to electrocution.
September 29: One-year-old female tiger dies in Pench Tiger Reserve’s buffer area due to starvation.