The two-year-old tigress suffered a slow agonizing death, with blood flowing down its nostrils.
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A two-year-old tigress died trapped in a wire snare. This took place in Kanha National Park in Mandla district, Madhya Pradesh. The carcass was found by a beat guard of Bamhani village on Wednesday morning. Forest officials reached the spot in buffer zone soon after being informed.
An official said in absence of secured territory, tigers have started wandering in the buffer areas. This causes them to be a victim to poachers through traps and electrocution. At present, there are 84 tigers in the reserve.
A snare made from two-wheeler clutch wires was found around its neck and nasal bleed. They found that all organs of the tigress were intact. The officials collected samples for forensic examination. The carcass was then disposed of, as per the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) guidelines.
The forest officials pointed out that the tigress suffered a slow painful death. The more it struggled to free itself, the tighter the snare became. Grappling, blood oozed out from her nostrils.
It is speculated that the poachers laid the snare for wild boars, but the tigress fell a victim.
Deputy director of Kanha National Park, Naresh Singh Yadav said a case has been registered against unidentified persons under the Wildlife Protection Act.
A dog squad has been put into action to find those guilty of the act. Kanha wildlife doctor, Sandeep Agrawal and NTCA representative, Shravana Goswami are leading the inquiry. Investigators have zeroed into 6 suspects. They have been called for interrogation.
In the last 15 months, Madhya Pradesh has lost around 30 tigers and a similar number of leopards. The deaths have been reported as unnatural causes, as per sources.
Environmentalist Ajay Dubey has stated that since being regaining the title of "Tiger State" in 2018, MP is taking deaths lightly. Dubey plans on raising the matter with the Central Government. He further adds that one has to hold the authorities accountable for the finance sent for tiger conservation.