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Carcass of tigress found in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park; poisoning suspected


Carcass of tigress found in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park; poisoning suspected

Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 2nd March, 2021


GUWAHATI: Forest authorities in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR) have found the carcass of a tigress believed to be poisoned by poachers, officials informed on Tuesday.


According to KNPTR officials, the carcass of the animal, aged around four or four-and-a-half years, was found on Monday at Sildubi village on the periphery of the national park’s Kohora range.


“The carcass of the tigress was found near the carcass of a cow. Initial investigations reveal the tigress could have died after consuming the meat of the cow, which could have been poisoned,” said Ramesh Gogoi, divisional forest officer, Kaziranga.


“The tigress was a potential breeder. We have completed post mortem of the animal and other necessary formalities. A case of poaching by poisoning has also been registered against unknown persons and investigations are underway,” he added.


In June last year, a 10-year-old male tiger was killed in an “unwarranted firing” by a forest personnel on the fringes of KNPTR. The forest personnel responsible for the death was later suspended.


According to a 2017 Census, KNPTR has a population of 111 tigers. The park has the world’s highest density of the endangered animal, at one per 5 square kilometre.