A young male tiger trying to establish its own territory was killed in a fight with another predator at Madhya Pradesh's Kanha Tiger Reserve on Friday, officials said.
Kanha Tiger Reserve field director JS Chouhan told HT that a three-year-old male tiger was exploring to establish his own territory when he was confronted by an older male tiger, which killed it while defending its territory.
Chouhan said fight between young tigers looking to establish their territory and other big cats was a recurring incident in the tiger reserve. “We are searching the other tiger which killed the cub,” he said.
Last year, two tigers died due to infighting at the Kanha Tiger Reserve. Apart from poaching and unnatural deaths, a significant number of tigers die in territorial fights in Madhya Pradesh.
In 2014, MP recorded the second highest tiger mortality, after Tamil Nadu, with 14 of the 66 overall deaths in India. Similarly, in 2009, nine tiger deaths were reported in the state. Kanha Tiger Reserve, located in the Maikal ranges of the Satpuras, is spread over Mandla and Balaghat districts.
According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority website, the reserve is stretched over an of 2,074 sq km, comprising 940 sq km national park and 1,134 sq km buffer zone.