A six-year-old tiger was found dead in the Terai West Forest Division of Uttarakhand on Wednesday raising the death toll of big cats in the state this year to eight. The three-day-old carcass was found by patrolling staff in the Ampokhra range.
“Its body parts were intact, but there were injury marks. The postmortem will be conducted to ascertain the actual reasons behind the death,” said the division forest officer (DFO) Rahul.
Only two days ago, a tigress was found dead in the Dhela range of the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR), which is quite close to the Ampokhra range.
“The Terai West Forest Division is highly fragile. Already two tiger deaths have been reported from this region. Meanwhile, tiger deaths are continuously being reported from all parts of the state including CTR and Rajaji National Park. The forest department is responsible for these deaths as despite all efforts, the department has failed to conserve big cats in the state,” said Rajendra Agarwal, state head of the Wildlife Protection Society of India.