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Poachers kill tigress with GPS collar in Madhya Pradesh

Poachers killed yet another tigress - fourth in the last two years - with an electric trap at the buffer zone of Bandgavgarh National Park (BNP) in Umeria district of Madhya Pradesh late on Sunday night. Carcass of adult tigress - BT2- was found near Khitoli range by the patrolling squad at 8.30 am, said sources. Its GPS radio collar, nail and tooth's were reported missing.


This tigress was electrocuted by trap laid through a 11 KV line by poachers near barruah nullah, said sources. Carcass has been preserved in a deep freezer. Post-mortem would be conducted as per National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) protocol. Earlier three tigers were killed by poachers in the same area forcing the state government to remove P K Shukla from the post of state's chief wildlife warden. Last tiger was poached in Jugia village near Vijayraghogarh forest range (compartment No 448- Amadi beat) in December 2012. The tiger got killed on the intervening night of December 25-26 after it stepped on a live 50 metre GI-wire from the 11KV service line pegged to a wooden pole.


The spot is at 60 km away from the Bandhavgarh National Park. The tiger, around 9 feet long, suffered a major shock and died on the spot after it got in contact with the live wire. Another tiger had fallen into a similar electric trap and got killed on December 7, 2012. It's skinned carcass was found in the forest area of Umaria, approximately 25 kilometres away from Bandhavgarh national park on December 11. More tigers were electrocuted in the Khitauli range of the Katni District and Kathotia forest area close to the state capital. The principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF) and chief wildlife warden Narendra Kumar did not respond to calls.


 Times of India, Delhi, Tuesday 27th May 2014