Tiger found dead in Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: A tiger was found dead in Pench national park
of Seoni district. The carcass was found near Seoni-Nagpur highway in the
protected area. Officials said the tiger must have been killed four days ago.
Cause of its death has not been ascertained yet. “We have sent a team for
identification. Initially we don’t suspect a poaching attempt.”
Earlier a leopard was poached 20 km away from
Bandhavgarh National Park on November 26. Three people identified as Purshottam
Singh, Ram Singh and Jitendra Yadav, all residents of Nighari village were
arrested on Saturday. Two others Anil Pratap Singh and Deepak Singh are on the
Officials claim that the arrest was made with the help
of sniffer dogs that led them to a dhaba. All three who have been arrested are
employees of the dhaba, said sources. They however denied their role in
poaching. “The trap, it seems, was laid for tiger but the leopard fell victim,”
said the officer.
On May 26, 2014 poachers killed a tigress - fourth in
the last two years - with an electric trap at the buffer zone of BNP. Carcass
of adult tigress - BT2- was found near Khitoli range by the patrolling squad.
Its GPS radio collar, nail and teeth were stolen. This tigress was electrocuted
by trap laid through a 11 KV line by poachers.
State is witnessing a rising trend of big cats being
poached by electrocution with five cats falling prey to it in 2012-13, an RTI
query has found. “As many as 13 tigers lost lives in Madhya Pradesh till mid
December 2012, including four due to electrocution,” claims RTI activist Ajay
According to documents sourced through RTI, from 1998 to
2005, four tigers were electrocuted by poachers, and during 2012-13 alone, five
were killed similarly.