| Large Male Tiger Dies
in Road Accident
17th Sept., 2004
A magnificent male
tiger was found dead 25m off the Chimur-Warora State
Highway in the Chimur Forest Range of Chandrapur District,
Maharashtra on 14 September 2004. The tiger was killed
about 7 km from the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, in
a collision with an unknown speeding vehicle. A post
mortem revealed extensive internal injuries including
six broken ribs, and a ruptured kidney.
The body of the tiger was burnt on the evening of 14
September in the presence of forest officials and WPSI's
Central India representative.
After the burning, two forest guards stayed behind
to tend to the dying embers. They reported that at 5.45
pm a tigress started calling nearby - they said that
"her long drawn out moans filled the forest".
Forest guards had reported seeing two sets of fresh
tiger pugmarks in the area on 9 September, and a group
of villagers had briefly seen the two tigers on 6 and
The Maharashtra Forest Department is planning to put
up reflective signs asking drivers to slow down. They
are also liasing with the Public Works Department to
have speed breakers put up at strategic places on the
road. WPSI is assisting the Forest Department.