A tiger was found dead in a fenceless well in Pench Tiger Reserve’s buffer zone in MP’s Seoni district on Saturday.
According to local sources, the tiger slipped into the well in an agricultural field in Simaria village, possibly while chasing another animal. The village is located in the Ghatkohka range of the Pench Tiger Reserve.
Principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF), Narendra Kumar told HT that the department would probe the circumstances of the five-year-old male tiger’s death. “After any such death of a tiger or a leopard, an inquiry is mandatory according to the rules. Sometimes, villagers kill a leopard and throw it into a well. In the case of tigers, this is not easy, but our officials will look into all possible angles during their probe,” he said.
The tiger’s carcass was later fished out from the well by the wildlife officials. After its post-mortem, last rites were performed according to the rules of National Tiger Conservation Authority.
This is not the first case in recent times when a tiger has been found dead. Last month the body of a tiger was found in a 40-feet deep gorge in the Udainagar forests of Dewas district. Some nails on the tiger’s paws were found missing. The forest department officials however claimed the tiger died a natural death, possibly of old age.
In November last year, a sub-adult tiger was found dead in the Kanha tiger reserve. The tiger’s body had injury marks and was partially eaten, prompting park management to infer that it had been killed by another tiger.