A two-day visit of a National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) team, in connection with the killing of a tiger, concluded here on Thursday.

The three-member team was here to study the killing of a tiger by a special task force of the forest department inside a coffee plantation near Moolamkavau on Sunday. The Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) of the Karnataka Forest Department and veterinary surgeons had also participated in the hunt, which lasted for nearly two weeks.

“Our visit is a part of a fact-finding mission in connection with the killing of the tiger. We have held discussions with O.P. Kaler, Chief Conservator of Forests (Wild life), who supervised the hunt along with other forest officials,” Sanjaykumar Pathak, Assistant Inspector General (AIG), NCTA, New Delhi, told The Hindu after the visit.

The team visited the site near Moolamkavau, where the tiger was shot dead, and interacted with the villagers in the area, the representatives of the environmental organisations in the State, and media persons to collect evidences related to the incident.

Earlier, the team held discussions with the members of the STPF at Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka and other forest officials who were part of the tiger hunt.

The other members of the NCTA team included Ravikaran Govekar AIG, (Nagpur) and C.M. Sivakumar AIG (Bangalore).

A re-autopsy on the carcass of the animal (that has been preserved at the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve in Palakkad district) would be performed in the presence of the team on Friday, Mr. Pathak added.

The team would submit its report to the NTCA and Union Ministry of Environment and Forest on Tuesday, Mr. Pathak said.

“The tiger is our pride and we never expect such an incident from a State like Kerala, where most people are literate,” Mr. Pathak said, adding the district administration could have invoked prohibitory order under Section 144 of CrPC to disperse the mob, which reportedly caused the killing of the animal.

“We understood from the discussions with the public that they were given the information that a tiger reserve was being planned for the district’, Mr. Pathak said, adding the NTCA was yet to get any proposal from the State to convert the WWS into a tiger reserve.

  • Team interacts with villagers, Greens

  • Re-autopsy of carcass of animal today