A full-grown tiger was found dead near Padmapur, adjacent to the famous Tadoba-Andheri Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur district, some 180 kms from Nagpur in eastern Maharashtra on Thursday.
With the death of this tiger, the number of big cats that have died since January this year in the district has risen to seven.
According to available information, Moharli range forest personnel found a full-grown male tiger near Padmapur jungle, a buffer zone of Tadoba tiger project, on Thursday afternoon and immediately informed the forest headquarters.
"The tiger carcass was intact and prima facie, it seems a natural death. However, it can only be ascertained after a post mortem," informed BSK Reddy, chief conservator of forests (CCF), Chandrapur forest circle.
Reddy said though there were no signs of any poaching behind the tiger’s death, "we are not ruling out anything. The post-mortem will be conducted on Friday to ascertain the cause of the death".
Last month, a full-grown tigress was found dead, after being hit by a speeding four-wheeler near Lohara, adjacent to Tadoba, in Chandrapur district. Two cubs were orphaned following the death of the tigress and forest officials have been trying to locate her cubs since her death.
On January 23, a full-grown tiger was electrocuted near Zharam near Tadoba in Chandrapur district.
Tadoba tiger reserve, one of the country’s oldest national parks, was in the news recently for better cat conservation and birth of 32 tiger cubs in the area since January 2010. The reserve is spread over 623 sq kms of high hills and lush valleys covered with dense teak and bamboo forests. It is also the home to wild dogs, leopards, sloth bears, bisons and hyenas and jungle cats, apart from 69 tigers.