Tiger found dead at Pench National Park

Thursday, January 28, 2010

BHOPAL - A seven-year-old tiger was found dead at the Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh, officials said Thursday.

“The tiger was found dead in a lake located in the Karmajhiri Range of the park Wednesday. Prima facie, it appears to be a case of poisoning,” Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) T.R. Sharma told IANS.

“During the post mortem conducted at the park, the liver and kidney of the animal were found enlarged pointing to a possibility of poisoning,” he said.

The post mortem was conducted in the presence of a representative from World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as per the protocol established by the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The viscera that has been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory at Sagar for tests would, however, conclusively establish whether the animal was poisoned, Sharma said.

The tiger had been radio collared Jan 7 to facilitate research for scholars from the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India.

On Dec 24, 2009, two tiger cubs died of cold in the same park located in Seoni district in southern Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra.

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