Nagpur: A highly decomposed carcass of a full-grown tiger was found floating in a village lake in Sillari Beat in the buffer zone of Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR), Maharashtra on Thursday.
This area has an agricultural field and 3-4 villages. It is feared that the tiger might have got electrocuted due to the electric fencing of the farm while chasing the prey. Sources said that the animal might have been thrown into the lake to completely destroy the evidence.
“The criminals have also removed the body parts of this tiger and then stuffed them in bags. These bags were also recovered from different corners of the water body. The Pench authorities have launched a search for the culprits,” sources said.
This is the fourth death of a tiger in Maharashtra this year. On the date of January 3, a tigress was found dead in a well at Mendki in Bramhapuri. And after this, on the date of 6th and 7th January, two four-month-old cubs of Gadchiroli problem tigress T-6 died.
Carcass of the tiger looks to be a month old.
“Some local people even informed us about a tiger being thrown into the lake. The body was found floating in Kodu Talav in Protected Forest Compartment No. 256 in Sillari Beat under Paoni Unified Buffer Range.” Pench’s assistant conservator of forests (ACF) Atul Deokar said.
Till late evening, officials of Pench including area director A Sreelakshmi and deputy director Prabhu Nath Shukla have started probing the mystery behind the tiger’s death.
Only postmortem can reveal the facts completely but since the body is highly decomposed, it has become very difficult to ascertain the reason behind the death. The carcass of the tiger looks to be a month old. And the post-mortem will be done on Friday morning as per the protocol of NTCA.
On Wednesday, a tiger was electrocuted in Rukhad on the Madhya Pradesh side of Pench. And the poachers set a trap to kill a boar for bush meat but it ends up killing a tiger.