Activists and conservationists are agitated at the shocking news of the brutal murder of a pregnant tigress with four foetuses in the womb being found in the forests near Pandharkawada in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal
The brutal murder, which happened last Sunday, came to light a day later when the mutilated carcass was found in a pool of blood with the poachers having chopped off its front paws to extract the claws.
The wildlife community and officials have reacted strongly to the brutal murder which occurred within the Mukutban ranges of the thick forests, known to be frequented by tigers in the Vidarbha region.
Member of State Board for Wildlife and Satpuda Foundation founder Kishore Rithe exposed the matter in public and demanded stringent action against the culprit-poachers responsible for the “murder”.
He termed it as one of the most horrible instances of a tigress’ death which has never been heard or witnessed in recent years.
A team of veterinarians comprising Dr. Chetan Patond from Pench Tiger Project, Dr Arun Jadhav from Wani, Dr S.S. Chavan of Zari, Dr D.G. Jadhav of Mukutban and Dr V.C. Jagde performed the autopsy on the tigress and the report is awaited.
As per preliminary investigations by forest officials, the tigress in advanced stage of pregnancy was using an underground den with a small opening for rest and safety.
Apparently, the stalking poachers may have espied her entering the den and they blocked its small opening with sticks and stones before setting it afire to suffocate and immobilise the tigress.