The Chandrapur district has added other three counts in its death toll of tigers. A tigress aged 5 years and her two cubs aging around 10 to 12 months have been poisoned by a farmer of Metapar village.
Carcasses of the tigers were found on Monday morning when few villagers from around spotted the dead animal. The villagers at first sight thought the tigers to be alive and immediately informed the neighborhood and wildlife authorities.
During the post mortem reports and through the sources, it is believed that the tigers have consumed a poisoned dead body of a calf of a local farmer named Pandurang Choudhary. Choudhary had poured the calf’s carcass with pesticide Thimet to take revenge on the village dogs who according to him killed the calf.
Shockingly, the Maharashtra Forest Department is acting ignorant towards tiger death related cases. This is not the first time such incident has occurred, in fact in a span of just twelve days Maharashtra has been marking an increasing in the death toll of tigers.
The forest department is even negligent towards people residing in the forest areas who start cultivating farms and bringing cattle in the area of wild, which is one of the main reasons of why man animal conflicts happen.
Jerryl Banait a nature lover and a wildlife enthusiast say, the village inside forest areas is sheer encroachment, which is also on an alarming rate as we are continually reducing forest areas. He also added man animal conflict is a situation arising due to human colonies in forest. We are a dominant species and cruel to voiceless animals.
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