India loses 5 more tigers

India loses 5 more tigers

Ashwin Aghor / DNA
Monday, March 30, 2009 3:32 IST

India has lost five more tigers, as the forest department failed to protect them outside protected areas.

The half-burnt skin of a cub was found near Adhyalmendha lake, in Chandrapur district. Forest officials recovered the carcass of a three-month-old cub on Wednesday. A post-mortem revealed the cub died of starvation.

Sources said the presence of a tigress, three cubs and a full grown male tiger was recorded near the spot. But they all went missing last week. The cub’s death is the fourth in a series. Two tiger cubs were rescued from villagers near the Adhyalmendha lake last November. Three cubs were shifted to Maharajbaugh zoo in Nagpur after their mother went missing in the Junona forest, near Chandrapur.

The cub died despite claims by forest officials of having taken care of it. They had information about five tigers — a full grown pair and three cubs — in the area that is worst affected by man-animal conflicts, near the Tadoba Andhari tiger reserve. Little was done to protect them.

The pair of full grown tigers has gone missing even though the department is implementing the corridor development project with the Tiger Research and Conservation Trust. After a forest fire, one dead and one live cub were found on Wednesday.

Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra regional manager Mohan Karnat said the pair was still in the area. Principal chief conservator of forest B Majumdar said in inquiry would be ordered.

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