A Balaghat tigress (sub-adult) was found under mysterious circumstances in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh.
All its body organs were intact and poaching attempt has been ruled out by the officials. Some however suspect it as a case of electrocution or poisoning on grounds that it had bleeding from mouth. Autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday.
Carcass of the Balaghat tigress was seen floating in Rajiv Gandhi irrigation canal near Waraseoni thehsil’s Khadagpur village (Ansira gram panchayat) which is roughly 20 kms away from the Maharashtra border, officials informed. They believe this tigress must have dispersed from Maharashtra’s Bhandara district following forest connectivity. Villagers informed that flow of the canal was high on Wednesday, and therefore it would have floated from somewhere else. Tigress must have died on Thursday.
“Unfortunately spot where this tigress was found and the stretch up to Sonewani forest area is all agricultural land. It was spotted by a passerby around 11 am and we came to know after two hours,” said an officer. Dog squads were sent to the area for search, but no clues were found, he said.
Its stripes could not be matched with any of the big cats in data base available with the Pench and Kanha tiger reserves, sources say. Pictures have been shared with Maharashtra and WII-Dehradun for further verification.
Environmentalist Ajay Dubey blames state forest department for the death. “Instead of taking care of the wildlife forest department has shut down its offices in the name of covid. Mismanagement is leading to continues death of tigers. If this goes on, we won’t be a tiger state soon,” Dubey says.