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Tigress found dead near Corbett reserve

 
SATURDAY, 19 JANUARY 2013  

PNS | DEHRADUN    

A tigress was found dead on the border of the Corbett tiger reserve and the adjoining range in Bijnor forest division in Uttar Pradesh. Though the exact cause of death will be known after the receipt of the post-mortem report, wildlife activists are calling for a thorough investigation into this death because of some recent developments in Corbett and neighbouring ranges in Uttar Pradesh which point at the presence of poachers in the region.

Uttarakhand principal chief conservator of forest, Raghu Bir Singh Rawat confirmed the discovery of a dead tigress on Friday, adding that natural deaths of tigers and leopards are bound to occur in Uttarakhand which has a population of about 250 tigers. However, he stressed that the exact cause of the tigress' death on Friday will be known after the post-mortem report is received.

The body of the tigress was found at the border of Kalagarh-Jhirna in Corbett with Amangarh range of Bijnor forest division in neighbouring UP.

Earlier this week, a joint team of Corbett and UP forest department personnel had discovered a steel trap and other items used in wildlife crimes from the Sahuwala range in Bijnor division. This discovery points towards the presence of poachers in this area, suspected to members of the Bawaria community.


 
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