Expired dart fired on Avni, says probe body

NTCA panel slams planning, operation
The committee constituted by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to enquire into the death of tiger T-1 (the official name of the tigress known as Avni) in Pandharkawada on November 2, has concluded that the dart shot to immobilise the big cat had been used about 56 hours after it was prepared, well past the recommended 24 hours.
“The dart fired by Mukhbir Sheikh to immobilise T-1 was prepared by Dr. B.M. Kadu, the veterinary officer on October 31, 2018, at 2.00 p.m. and was used after lapse of approximately 56 hours on November 2, 2018, at 11.00 p.m. Dr. Kadu advised Mukhbir Sheikh to use the dart in his presence and within 24 hours,” the committee observed in its final report, a copy which has been seen by The Hindu.
The probe panel also faulted the planning and conduct of the operation that resulted in the tigress being shot and killed.
“Mukhbir Sheikh [and] Asghar Ali Khan (whose primary duty was to carry out efforts to tranquillise and capture T-1) cared for the advice of expert. T-1 was seen multiple times on November 2, 2018, during daytime. Despite this, no proper planning was done for darting and capture of T-1 and cubs. There was no wildlife manager, veterinarian or biologist in the team. The team was not equipped to deal with the sedated tiger; team was not having reversal drugs, stretcher, capture cage, net, and manpower to locate T-1 after tranquillisation.” “Only back-up team was of six labourers equipped with stick at a distance of approximately 1 km… Therefore, it is evident that the darting of T-1 by the team is without adequate preparedness and not adhering to the standard operating procedure of NTCA,” it noted.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/expired-dart-fired-on-avni-says-probe-body/article25694597.ece

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