A pregnant tigress was found charred to death. Her carcass brutalised by poachers in the Yavatmal district. The poachers had chopped off both her front paws to extract the claws. The four-year-old was reportedly carrying four cubs.
A forest department officer who visited the site, told The Free Press Journal, “The poachers had lit a fire. It was at the entrance of the cave where the pregnant tigress was. This was making it difficult for her to come out. They did not just stop there. They had to confirm that she was dead. They used a sharp weapon, inflicting further injuries on her. A forest department team found the carcass on Monday morning while on patrol. After that, a high-level team visited the spot. An inquiry is being conducted into the incident.”
Raju Bansod, Deputy Conservator of Forests, informed, “The tigress was found dead near a nullah in the forest. The carcass had injuries. They were caused by a sharp weapon. An iron wire was found around her neck. Her front paws were chopped off.” The report of an autopsy is awaited.
Tthis was the second time in a month that a pregnant tiger was killed, the officer said. On November 22 last year, another pregnant tigress was found dead. This was in a suspicious manner in the Umred Karand sanctuary, also in Yavatmal district.
“With the poaching of the two tigers on March 24, the toll since January 1, 2021 (81 days), has mounted to 14, including two cubs. After this latest killing, the toll has risen to 17,” said another forest officer.