Tigress found dead in UP’s Katarniaghat range

Tigress found dead in UP’s Katarniaghat range
Express news service
Posted online: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 2324 hrs IST
Even as the state Government announced special tiger corridors last week in a bid to save big cats, the forest officials found a dead tigress near the Gerua river in Katarniaghat forest range in Bahraich district on Monday. The tigress’s body was found barely 3 km from the Indo-Nepal border.
While the officials say that the animal was killed during a fight between tigers, locals believe that once again, it is an incident of man-animal conflict.
It may be noted here that the Katarniaghat range in Bahraich, along with the Dudhwa range and the Kishanpur sanctuary in the adjoining Lakhimpur Kheri district, has been identified as the tiger protection area since the tiger count in these areas has remained stable. But recently there has been a rise in tiger deaths in these areas.
According to the officials, there were injury marks on the tigress’s head and claws. The officials also found an injured tiger a few kilometres away from the tigeress’s body.
“There are high chances that the tigress might have been killed during a fight between the animals as it is the mating season of the big cats and such fights are common,” said senior forest officials.
The tigress’s body has been sent for post-mortem.
Meanwhile, the department has set up a trap with a live bait in the Dhaurhara region in Lakhimpur Kheri district to catch a leopard that killed a child on Sunday.
The family of the deceased child has been given Rs 3,000 by the Forest Department and Rs 5,000 byWorld Wildlife Fund for Nature.
The department also caught another leopard, which was on the prowl in Jhansi range, on Sunday. The leopard has been sent to Kanpur Zoo.

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