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Two tigers die after eating poisoned at boar Anamalai Tiger Reserve

Two tigers die after eating poisoned at boar Anamalai Tiger Reserve

The Times  of India, Tamil Nadu, 10th April, 2020

 

POLLACHI: Two 10 year old tigers, a male and female, died after feeding on the carcass of a poisoned wild boar at Pollachi in Anamalai Tiger Reserve.

 

The carcasses of the two tigers and the half-eaten boar were found on Wednesday within a one-km radious along a jungle stream in the core zone of the ATR at a place called Uppumanthittu. Forest official ruled out the poaching as all the body parts of the tigers were intact.

 

Postmortem and circumstantial evidence point out that the tigers ingested the poison den carcass of a wild boar resulting in death, said Debasis Jana, Additional principal conservator of forest and field director of ATR. Forest officials, however, ruled out the possibility of wild boar being used as a bait to kill the tigers.

 

First instance of tiger poisoning at Anamalai reserve, say experts.The official said, I suspect the wild boar was the target, but unfortunately we have lost two tigers. Nevertheless, we have taken the incident very seriously, he said.

 

The forest officials have started inquiry to find those who poisoned the boar.The death of two tigers is considered a huge loss to ATR, one of the youngest tiger reserve in the country with a relatively thin tiger population.

 

The two could be a mating pair. This is the first tinme we are coming across tiger being killed due to poisoning in ATR, said Osai Kalidas, environmentalist, who visited the spot and was present during the postmortem on Thursday.

 

Samples were collected form the carcasses and sent to forensic analysis. The postmortem was conducted as per the National Tiger Conservation Authority guidelines. The carcasses were then burnt, said ATR deputy director Arokiaraj Xavier. Forest staff patrolling Pothamadai circle spotted the carcass of a male tiger first. within a few minutes they spotted the second carcass and the wild boar, all along the pungan odai, a jungle stream. Though there were no human habitations close by, except for a  tribal settlement a few km away, there were farmlands on either side of the stream.

 

In January, a few villagers in Sethumadai had complained that five goats and a calf was lifted by a tiger. But forest officials as well environmentalists say tigers were never a problem in the region.

 

It could have been a  leopard that lifted the livestock. But wild were a bigger menace for farmers, said a forest officer.Forest officially say the dosage of poison used to kill the wild boar could have been very strong.

 

The poison had hit the tigers within minutes  after they swallowed the flesh of the wild boar, Jana said. But the nature of the poison could be ascertained only after a forensic lab test, he said

 

 

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