Tiger found dead in Bandipur, poisoning suspected

December 19, 2016 11:44 pm | Updated 11:44 pm IST - MYSURU:

A tiger was found dead in the Gundre range of Bandipur National Park late on Sunday night, and the authorities suspect it to be a case of poisoning.

The death took place in the Elephant Proof Trench (EPT) dug along the ‘D’ line separating the local agricultural field and the national park boundary, close to Hosahalli. A carcass, most likely of a cow or bull, was also found in the vicinity.

The park’s Director and Conservator Hiralal told The Hindu that the male tiger was aged around 8 to 9, and had died about five to six days ago. Its claws and skin were intact and there were no external injuries to indicate territorial infighting with another dominant male. Nagaraj, the veterinarian, who conducted the post-mortem on Monday, said samples from the viscera had been taken and sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Mysuru. Though poisoning is suspected due to the presence of a carcass, only forensic results will confirm the cause of death, he added.

After the post-mortem, which was documented as per the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) norms, the carcass was set ablaze in the presence of senior Forest Department officials.

Top News Today


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.