This is the 20th tiger death in Maharashtra in the last six months. During the same period last year, 15 tiger deaths were recorded in the state.
The tiger’s death is shrouded in mystery as no reasons could be ascertained even after postmortem. There are no injury marks and the body parts of the animal were also intact. The carcass was noticed in compartment number 105 by forest staff in Bhavankhori area under Patanbori range. The tiger was a male identified as T3.
Deputy conservator of forest Kiran Jagtap ruled out poaching. “We scanned the entire area. There were neither any signs of human presence nor evidence of another big carnivore. All the body parts of the tiger were intact.”
“We will send samples to the forensic lab at Amravati. ACF Ravindra Kondawar is investigating the case,” he said.
Maharashtra is second after Madhya Pradesh where 25 tiger deaths have been recorded. Both states account for 50% of the total tiger deaths in the country this year. The national tiger toll, according to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, is 95 in the last six months.