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Tiger kills tigress in Madhya Pradesh’s Kanha reserve

This is the second big cat death in the state within 12 hours.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2018 21:38 IST
Neeraj Santoshi
Neeraj Santoshi
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Kanha Tiger reserve,Kisli range,Tiger poaching
Forest officials recovered half eaten carcass of a tigress from Kisli range of Madhya Pradesh’s Kanha Tiger reserve on Saturday evening. (HT file photo for representational purpose only )

A tigress has been killed ostensibly by a tiger in Madhya Pradesh’s Kanha Tiger reserve, marking the second big cat death within 12 hours in the state which has a high feline mortality rate.

Deputy director of the tiger reserve KS Bhadoriya said the half eaten carcass of the tigress named Budbudi ( T-83) was found on Saturday evening in Kisli range.

After seeing the injury marks and as the carcass was found in the area dominated by a male tiger named Sangam (T-56), forest officials suspect him as the killer.

Sangam either attacked the victim to reaffirm his dominance over the area or because his advances were spurned by Budbudi, officials suspect. They said such killing is not uncommon.

Vijayarajan Muthu, tiger enthusiast and one of the key members in Tigers of Kanha group on Facebook posted, “Budbudi female, the Grand matriarch of Kisli is no more !...Initial reports strongly suggest she was apparently killed and also partially eaten by Sangam Male T-56..”

Meanwhile, badly decomposed carcass of another tiger was found on Saturday in Keolari range of south Seoni, with its paws missing, making it a suspected case of poaching.

Seoni South district forest officer (DFO) PS Sulya confirming the recovery said investigation was on to ascertain the cause of the death.

Last year MP recorded over one-fourth of the total tiger deaths in the country. According to National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) data of the 98 tiger deaths reported in the country in 2017, 26 were from MP.

Already three tiger deaths have been reported from the state this year.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 21:37 IST