A team of Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) from Pench Tiger Reserve, is being deployed from Sunday to assist the existing teams to monitor the sub-adult tiger.
The villagers are living under the terror of a man-eater tiger which has been sighted in nearby villages of Fetri for the last one week. A rescue team has been installed to take necessary measures to avoid human attack by the beast.
The incident came into light when a carcass of a sub-adult tiger was found in South Salama beat in East Pench Forest Range of Pench Tiger Reserve by local staff during routine patrolling on Friday.
Forest officials patrolled around the 500-meter radial area from the spot for evidence as per the Standard Operating Procedure of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). All body parts like canine, claws, vibrissae, organs, etc., were found intact.
The body had injury marks on the neck, forelimbs, thighs, and shoulders. Puncture wounds along with gashes were detected. Forest officials said that the probable cause of death was ascertained as infighting with another larger carnivore.
According to the sources, the carcass was of a sub-adult male offspring of resident tigress T4, around two years of age. A post-mortem team was constituted that included Ajinkya Bhatkar as representative of Chief WildlifeWarden, Dr. A D Kholkute as NTCA representative, Dr. Syed Bilal of Transit Treatment Centre, Seminary Hills, Dr. Chetan Patond, Veterinary Officer, Pench Tiger Reserve, and Dr. Subodh Nandagbawali, Veterinary Officer.
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