Tiger carcass found in MP’s Kanha reserve, toll reaches 24
Another tiger carcass was found within a week in Kanha reserve on Friday, raising the toll to an unprecedented 24 in Madhya Pradesh this year.
This is the highest number of tiger deaths this year for any state in India. Last year, Madhya Pradesh lost 11 tigers while the preceding year the state recorded the country’s second highest tiger mortality at 14. In 2013, the state recorded nine tiger deaths, while it was 12 in 2012.
Seventy-five tigers have died so far this year across the country with Madhya Pradesh alone accounting nearly one-third of the toll, according to National Tiger Conservation Authority. Of the 24 tiger deaths, 10 were in Pench and nine reported from Kanha.
A senior official of Kanha told HT that the carcass of ten-year-old male tiger was found in Mukki range in core of Kanha reserve. “The carcass bore some injury marks, indicating that it might have been killed in a territorial fight. Only after post mortem, the exact cause of its death will be clear,” he said.
Pench-based wildlife enthusiast Sagnik Sengupta said the tiger whose carcass was found on Friday was known as Kingfisher male. “It is likely that he was killed by another tiger Bhima in a territorial fight. Bhima has made Mukki range his territory,” he said
Friday’s was the third tiger death in the state in last one month. On September 29, a one-year-old tigress died in Pench Tiger Reserve’s buffer area due to starvation. A carcass of tiger with its four paws missing was found in Khatiya range of Kanha reserve on October 22. The tiger had died due to electrocution.
Once home to the highest tiger population in India, Madhya Pradesh lost the top spot to Karnataka in 2010 following a census conducted by Wildlife Institute of India. According to a census in January 2015, the tiger numbers increased from 257 in 2010 to 308. However, since January 2015, 35 tigers have died in the state.
TIGER DEATHS IN MP THIS YEAR TILL NOW
October 28: The carcass of a tiger found Mukki range of Kanha Tiger Reserve.
October 22: The carcass of a tiger was found in the Khatiya range of Kanha Tiger Reserve on Saturday late evening, with four missing paws missing.
June 16: Tiger dies in Kanha National Park
May 21: Over 12-month-old tigress dies at Kanha, due to territorial fighting
April 26: A tiger dies in Kisli forest of Kanha Tiger Reserve
April 18: 8-year-old tigress dies while defending its two cubs from another tiger in Mukki range of Kanha Tiger Reserve
April 16: 14-year-old tiger dies of old age and starvation in Supkhar range of Kanha Tiger reserve
April 8: Tiger cub in Pench dies from septicemia infection at Kanha Tiger Reserve, where it was shifted. A tiger cub dies in Gorella Mukki forest of Kanha Tiger Reserve
March 9: A tiger dies in Kisli forest of Kanha Tiger Reserve