Coinciding with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s meeting with Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on Thursday to press for speedy clearance of development related projects in national parks and promotion of tourism in the buffer areas, those closely watching the fate of the highly endangered tiger were jolted by the news of the death of a sub-adult tiger under mysterious circumstances in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.
About two months ago, a 6 month old male tiger was found dead hanging by a snare set up by poachers in a farmhouse adjoining the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. This property belongs to Rajendra Singh, the deputy Speaker of Madhya Pradesh Assembly.
An officer of the Wildlife Wing of the State Forest department told newsroom24x7 that the foresters had found the decaying carcass of a young tiger hidden in a bush near a water body in the buffer zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. This happens to be the territory of another adult tiger.
While the State Chief Wildlife Warden Narendra Kumar told a section of the media that this appears to be a case of poisoning, there were others in the wildlife wing who said it is too early to zero in and say anything specific regarding the cause of the tiger’s death. When probed, a senior officer said that Viscera samples have been sent for examination to Sagar and other places and as the forensic report is still awaited it is not possible to tell the exact cause of death. The tiger must have died about five or six days ago and this could be concluded from the fact that the tiger’s body had decayed a lot, he said. Drawing attention to the gravity of man-animal conflict, he stated: ” the immensity of the problem can be measured from the fact that cattle has become the main prey base for big cats.” Underscoring this, he did not rule out poisoning saying cattle kills are on the rise these days and villagers do resort to revenge killings.
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Bhopal: The culprit responsible for killing the tiger cub, whose body was found hanging with a GI wire inside the farmhouse of Rajendra Singh, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh near Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve was none other than the caretaker of the VIP farmhouse.
The caretaker, who has been apprehended along with two others he identified, has admitted the crime. A raid at his house led to the seizure of GI wires used for trapping wild animals. Further interrogation will prove whether or not these persons were in league with some gang of poachers or were trapping and killing wild animals like wild boars and spotted dear only for food. Killing wild animals for personal consumption is a common practice in large parts of Madhya Pradesh. The villagers’ modus operandi for a kill is the same as that of the poachers and the traditional hunters belonging to the Pardhi community.
Government sources here informed that a proposal has been moved at the official level to acquire the farmhouse in question and attach it with the Tiger Reserve
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (Madhya Pradesh): There has been a shocking case of poaching of a tiger cub in the farmhouse of Madhya Pradesh Assembly Deputy Speaker Rajendra Singh adjoining Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.’
The body of the tiger cub was found hanging in a noose at the farm house of the Deputy Speaker . The farm-house in question is on the periphery of the core area of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (Manpur beat). Postmortem has revealed that the cub died either on Friday night or saturday morning. A GI wire around the neck has confirmed that the cub was killed by poachers.
The Assembly Deputy Speaker has told a section of the media that it is normal and often tigers from the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve enter his private enclosure and the foresters use elephants to drive them back. A watchman is posted to look after the farmhouse and he only goes there once or twice in a year, Singh has clarified.