| Tiger Electrocution
7th November, 2003
On 6 November, three
days after the recovery of the dead male tiger near
Damna village on the edge of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve,
the Forest Department of Shadhol Forest Circle have
arrested seven villagers who have been accused of the
crime. It is now clear that the tiger died in an electrocution
trap laid by the poachers for bush meat. The bamboo
pegs recovered from the scene have 3 to 4 burn marks
on them which clearly show that this was not the first
time they had been used to electrocute animals.
Trip records obtained by a Wildlife
Protection Society of India (WPSI) field officer from
the local electrical substation show that there was
a massive trip at 8.40 pm on the night of 29 October.
This most likely indicates the time of the electrocution
of the tiger. This was the only electrical trip at the
substation between 22 October and 3 November, when the
tiger was discovered.
WPSI would like to congratulate the
Forest Department on their swift and effective investigations.
The Department is presently carrying out an intensive
search for the large male tiger known as “B1”,
who is suspected to be the victim of this tragic electrocution
“This huge male tiger was one
of the most photographed tigers in the world. He was
a particularly handsome and bold animal and if it his
him this is a loss of unimaginable proportions, both
to Bandhavgarh and the world”, says Belinda Wright,
Executive Director of WPSI.