11 May 2008, 0346 hrs IST,TNN
NAGPUR: A full-grown tiger was found dead inside the 625-sq km Tadoba National Park, 50 kms from Chandrapur, on Saturday.
Confirming the death, Dr S H Patil, field director and conservator of forests, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), told TOI, “The carcass of the tiger, aged around 15 years, was noticed by the field staff on Saturday morning at Ambepat, on Pandharpaoni-Bhanushkindi road in compartment number 69/82. The tiger died due to old age as its teeth were missing.”
Dr Patil further informed that the tiger might have died two days ago but the carcass was noticed on Saturday. An inquest panchanama was performed after post-mortem and the carcass was disposed of.
Sheshvrao Patil, field director, TATR, ruled out that the tiger fell prey to poachers.
According to sources, this is the sixth death of a tiger since January 2005 inside Tadoba core area. Earlier, in the summer of 2005, two tiger cubs were found dead in Zari area. Later, a male tiger died in a territorial fight in Khatoda area on April 28, 2006. Similarly, a three-year-old tigress was found dead in compartment number 111 near Jamni Chowk in June 2006.
With the death of the Ambepath tiger, the total tiger count has gone down to 42, the official census figure.
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