A young tiger was found dead in a dry canal of Gosikhurd irrigation project, about three km from Sindewahi town of Chandrapur district on Monday.
Officials have attributed the death to territorial fight once again. Earlier, about a week ago, a tiger found dead in the core area of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), was also said to have succumbed to injuries caused in territorial fight with another male tiger.
“We could find deep injury marks on the young three old male tiger, caused by canines of another dominant male tiger,” said Divisional Manager D S Rajput of the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) in whose area the deceased tiger was found.
“The canine marks show that the tiger may have been attacked by another male tiger, causing his death,” Rajput added.
Asked how the tiger could have fallen in the canal, Rajput said, “The dominant male may have pushed him to the edge from where the young male may have slipped into the canal.”
Honorary Wildlife Warden of Chandrapur Bandu Dhotre has blamed the tiger death on the breaking of the corridor between Nawegaon-Nagzira and TATR by the huge canal of Gorikhurd project extending upto 150 km.
“The canal is like a deep valley about 75 feet from top to bottom. Any sub-adult tiger wanting to carve out a its own territory after separating from mother is most likely to end up entering into a territorial fight with the residential big male tiger,” Dhotre said.
“It is anybody’s guess as to what would be the fate of the sub-adult tiger. Sometime back, a tigress had also died in the canal. Monday’s incident has once again highlighted the importance of preserving corridors and the damage any breakage would cause to the wildlife,” Dhotre added.
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