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Madhya Pradesh: Tigress found dead in canal, mystery prevails | India News


Madhya Pradesh: Tigress found dead in canal, mystery prevails | India News

BHOPAL: A sub-adult tigress was found under mysterious circumstances in the Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh.
All of his bodily organs were intact and officials ruled out the poaching attempt. However, some suspect that it was a case of electrocution or poisoning due to bleeding from the mouth. The autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.
The carcass of a tigress was seen floating in the Rajiv Gandhi irrigation canal near the Khadagpur village of Waraseoni thehsil (Ansira gram panchayat), which is about 20 kilometers from the Maharashtra border, authorities said. They believe that this tigress must have dispersed from the Bhandara district in Maharashtra due to the connectivity of the forest. Villagers reported that the canal’s flow was high on Wednesday and therefore it would have floated from elsewhere. Tigress must have died Thursday.
“Unfortunately, the place where this tigress was found and the stretch to the Sonewani forest area is all agricultural land. He was seen by a passerby around 11 am and we found out after two hours, ”said an officer. Squads of dogs were sent to the area to search for them, but no leads were found, he said.
Their stripes cannot be compared to any of the big cats in the database available with Pench and Kanha tiger reserves, sources say. The images have been shared with Maharashtra and WII-Dehradun for further verification.
Environmentalist Ajay Dubey blames the state forest department for the death. Instead of taking care of wildlife, the forest department has closed its offices in the name of covid. Mismanagement is causing the continued death of tigers. If this continues, we will not be a tiger state anytime soon, ”says Dubey.
WWF-India he had been working on the multiplication of the tiger population in Balaghat for a long time; They call it a tiger recovery site or a TX2 site. The goal was to double the tiger population in this region by 2020. It didn’t take long, sources say.
If a WWF report can be followed, the Balaghat tiger recovery site is situated in the biodiverse hills of Maikal, which comprise 963 km2 of forest. It is strategically located in the corridor regions connecting various population-of-origin sites, including the Kanha and Pench Tiger Reserves in Madhya Pradesh with low-density tiger protected areas such as Achanakmar Tiger Reserve in Chhattisgarh and the Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra, says a report titled “The Balaghat Tx2 Recovery Site: Status of the Tigers and Conservation Assessment (2014-2017)”.
Characterized by hills, plateaus and valleys carved by the Wainganga River and its tributaries, they believe it has significant potential to support a sizeable tiger population.
The focus of the WWF project was – to collect relevant information on key issues, threats and opportunities for the recovery of large mammal populations in Balaghat; analyze camera trap data collected between 2014 and 2017 to provide information on the status of tigers and leopards in this Forest reserve and analyze the activity patterns of large carnivores and their hoofed prey with respect to human and livestock activities.
And also to advance our understanding of the factors that may limit the distribution, density and long-term survival of tigers at the Balaghat tiger recovery site and to use this information to plan future conservation interventions.
Between 2014 and 2017, surveys conducted by WWF-India within tiger recovery sites yielded estimates of 4 to 9 tigers with associated densities ranging between 0.46 and 0.87 individuals / 100 km2.
“These densities are likely influenced by several factors, including dam density, water availability, and human presence and inadequate infrastructure for wildlife protection in relation to Protected Areas,” the report says.
“Over the years, several breeding tigers have been recorded within the Balaghat recovery site, demonstrating the potential to support a local resident population, potentially at higher densities.”
This study focuses on the density and abundance of tigers at the Balaghat tiger recovery site, a contiguous forest that represents 20% of the total area under the Balaghat Forest Circle. Studies on threats that can hinder.


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