Tiger killed in Kanha National Park

Tiger killed in Kanha National Park
Express news service
Posted online: Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 0000 hrs IST
A fully-grown tiger was killed on Monday, following a territorial fight with another tiger at the Kanha National Park.
The badly-torn carcass of the 10-year-old big cat was recovered on Tuesday. Park employees heard the two animals having a fierce fight, which lasted for a long time.
One of the tigers was mating with a tigress when the fight took place. Though fights between males are common during the mating season, deaths are rare because one of them generally gives up, PCCF (Wildlife) P B Gangopadhyay said on Wednesday. In 2005, a male killed a female he mated with. Believing that the other tiger too must have suffered severe injuries, the field staff conducted a combing operation of the national park but could not locate the big cat.
Recently, the state Government was forced to admit that poachers were active in the Kanha park, which is usually considered to be one of the better-managed tiger parks in the country.
Iron traps were recovered from the park and had it not been for a group of labourers, poachers would have succeeded in killing a tiger that was limping with one of its limbs stuck in a trap.
The tiger after sighting the labourers, ordered by the forest department to repair the road, managed to extricate itself from the trap and run away.

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