|Another tiger poached near Bandhavgarh Park
By P Naveen, TNN | Dec 27, 2012, 04.25 AM IST
Poachers killed yet another tiger - third in the last 30 days- with an
electric trap at a territorial forest area in Katni district late night
on Tuesday. This incident has come as a shock to the Madhya Pradesh
government that is aiming to retrieve its 'tiger state' status next
It is learnt that the carcass of the tiger was found close
to an agricultural land in Jugia village near Vijayraghogarh forest
range (compartment No 448- Amadi beat) on Wednesday afternoon, said
The tiger got killed on the intervening night
of December 25-26 after it stepped on a live 50 metre GI-wire from the
11KV service line pegged to a wooden pole. The spot is at 60 km away
from the Bandhavgarh National Park.
The villager, who allegedly laid the trap, is said to be absconding.
seems trap was laid for wild-boars, but the tiger got killed,"
divisional forest officer (DFO), Katni, M K Khan, told TOI over phone.
The tiger, around 9 feet long, suffered a major shock and died on the
spot after it got in contact with the live wire.
The carcass has
been preserved in a deep freezer. Post-mortem would be conducted as per
National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) protocol on Thursday, said
Meanwhile, the forest officials raided several houses
in the locality looking for the person who reportedly laid the trap,
but to no avail.
Movement of this fully grown tiger was being
reported from this area for the last four days, said wildlife activists
in the region. The routine patrolling, near the electric lines, was not
being done by the forest officials, they claimed.
tiger had fallen into a similar electric trap and got killed on
December 7. Its partly decomposed and skinned carcass was found in the
forest area of Umaria, approximately 25 kilometres away from
Bandhavgarh tiger reserve on December 11. The main accused is still at
large. More tigers were electrocuted in the Khitauli range of the Katni
District and Kathotia forest area close to the state capital.