Tiger killed in fight for territory
CHANDRAPUR: One more tiger was found dead in FDCM Junona forest range on Saturday afternoon. After inspecting the spot the forest officials concluded that the tiger died in territorial fight with another big cat. This is the seventh incident of tiger death in Chandrapur district this year.
Informer deployed by forest department first gave a tip-off about the tiger carcass to Ballarpur range RFO MM Morey. He rushed to the spot and discovered that the area belongs to FDCM. He then informed FDCM officers. Senior forest officer later rushed to the spot in compartment no. 504 of FDCM Junona range. The spot is located in the jungle around Karwa village, around 8km from Chandrapur. Examination of the carcass revealed that all its vital body parts, including nails, canines and moustaches, were intact. "It was a full grown male tiger aged around 10 years. Its carcass was in a decomposed condition and appeared to be more than five days old. Poaching in the case is ruled out as all body parts are intact," said Sanjay Thakre, regional manager, FDCM North Chandrapur.
He said that no electric supply line passes through this jungle area. Hence there is no possibility of electrocution. Poisoning too has been ruled out as there is no waterhole in the area around. "Moreover, we have discovered clear signs of fight among two tigers 25 metres away from the carcass. Blood was spilled all around and shrubs had stains of blood. It appears to be a fight among two full grown tigers. The deceased tiger sustained severe injuries on head and have injury marks all over the skin. It had also sustained multiple fractures in limb and probably in the ribs," he said.
The carcass was lying sideways and its right hind leg had completely fallen apart after decomposition. The tiger measured 2.90 metre in length and 100cm in height. There were several injury scratches and tear marks on the body. Thakre said that hind leg might have been broken in the fight and fallen apart due to decomposition. He also suspected that the other tiger that won the fight might also have been injured.
"The possibility of injuries to other tiger could not be ruled out. We are going to launch search operations for the other tigers," he said. Thakre asked acting CCF of Chandrapur circle GRK Rao to search for the tiger in the adjoining jungle under his jurisdiction.
Veterinary doctor PD Kadukar carried out the post mortem of the tiger on the spot in the presence of NTCA representative Mukesh Bhandakkar and PCCF representative Bandu Dhotre. The carcass was later cremated before witnesses.