Even as the country celebrated International Day of Forests on Sunday, a was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a canal near Kelzar in Hingni forest range under Wardha division. The death of two tigers on consecutive days and three in eight days caused a flutter among wildlife lovers and officials. Social media was agog with sharp reactions putting a question mark over conservation.
As per the all-India Tiger Estimation 2018, there are 312 tigers in the state. Experts say the tigress is said to be 15-month-old sub-adult, one of the offspring of a resident Bor tigress Ambika aka T1. The latest death has pushed the tiger toll in Maharashtra in the last 79 days to 11.
On Saturday, an eight-month-old tiger cub was found dead inside Umred-Karhandla-Paoni Wildlife Sanctuary. “The spot, where the female sub-adult was found dead on Sunday, is around 15km from the boundary of Bor and officials are verifying whether the tiger that died was from the park. There is presence of tigers in a defunct explosives factory in Kelzar too,” said forest officials.
The complete article was published by Times of India on March 22, 2021.