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Two tigers die in a day,7 this year

A full-grown male tiger was found dead about 500m from boundary of Tipeshwar Sanctuary

Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur |
November 22, 2011 2:21:14 am

Two tiger deaths were reported on Sunday taking the total big cat fatalities this year to seven — four in the current month alone.

A full-grown male tiger was found dead,entangled in a wire snare laid by some villagers to kill bluebull near Bahattar village,about 500 metres from the boundary of Tipeshwar Sanctuary in Yavatmal district.

According to sources,the Tipeshwar tiger apparently got trapped a day before its death and desperately tried to extricate itself before losing the battle.The sanctuary is currently known to have a male tiger and a female with three cubs. “One doesn’t know if the dead male is the same,” an official said.

Another male tiger died while being taken for treatment after being tranquillised in an injured state near Churi village in Madhya Pradesh’s Shahdol district. The dead tiger was famed B2 of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve,confirmed Field Director Chandrakant Patil.

The cat almost lived a full life till he was critically injured in a territorial fight with a younger male,Patil said.

“He was found in an injured state near Mala village,20 km outside the reserve boundary yesterday. When our men reached there,he also attacked one of our chowkidars (watchman) and injured him. We then trapped him and administered treatment for about eight hours,but his injuries were too bad to give him a chance of recovery,” he added. Patil said the tiger had been been losing his territory continuously over the past year. After the Bandhavgarh’s famous tiger Charger died in 2000,B2 was the star attraction for tourists for many years. “Those who come often ask if they could get a glimpse of B2. He was that popular,” he said.

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