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Telangana: Two Tiger Deaths in Two Days Raise Alarm in Kaghaznagar Forests

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In Telangana, in a suspected case of poisoning, a tiger was found dead in the forests of Kagaznagar division in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district yesterday.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests RM Dobriyal inspected the spot today where the carcass of a male adult tiger was found in the forests of Darigaon village in Kagaznagar mandal. Investigations and observations had found that some unknown persons poisoned a killed cattle resulting in the death of this tiger.

District Forest Officer Neeraj Kumar Tebriwal confirmed with Akashwani correspondent that the tiger death is suspected to be a case of poisoning and viscera samples of tiger was sent for testing. This is the second case of tiger death in the last 48 hours.

The carcass of a one and half year old female tiger named S-15 was spotted in the forests of Darigaon village on Saturday. Forest officials suspected that the cause of the death of S-15 was a territorial fight. Environmentalists, however, are worried over the safety of the tigers.

They regret that the age-old method of poisoning cattle killed by poachers to eliminate tigers was being used again. Finding carcasses of two tigers within a gap of two days is an unusual and worrisome instance.


A team led by Dy RO Ramadevi of Kaghaznagar found the carcass of the tiger at Daregaon Beat on Saturday around 1.45 pm, the forest officials said.  

Asifabad DFO Mr. Neeraj Tibarwal two veterinary doctors reached the spot and after investigation it was found to be a female tigress which died due to illness, Telangana Chief Wildlife Warden office sources confirmed. The details are as follows.

The tiger found to be a female aged around 1.5 years. There were marks indicating injuries on the neck and abdomen of the animal and also hair samples in the mouth of the deceased Tigress most probably of another tiger which have been sent for further investigation.

Right hind leg was also found to be fractured with sign of dried blood oozed from the injuries. On further investigation the team did not find any evidence of hunting using snares, traps and electrocution.

The Veterinarians also ruled out any possibility of poisoning. Skin and other parts including nails of the animals were also found to be intact.

Based on above observations and investigation the team found this as a case of territorial fight between tigers and keeping the decomposed body in view it was estimated that the death might have occurred at least 3-4  days before.

The body of the animal  was disposed as per the protocol under proper documentation. The above area falls in the Tiger Corridor of Kawal Tiger Reserve

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