Translocated tiger killed by poachers’ trap, says report

A translocated tiger, the carcass of which was found in an Odisha sanctuary on November 14, died after falling into a trap laid by poachers, says the report of a joint inspection team of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Wildlife Institute of India. The report is at variance with the State government’s claim that the big cat named Mahavir died after killing a porcupine, the spine of which was found in its stomach during post-mortem. The report of the joint team of the NTCA and the WII said Mahavir had sustained deep wounds around its neck while trying to escape from a trap laid by poachers for catching wild boar. The big cat died due to multi-organ failure as the wound had led to an infection, which, in turn, had led to sepsis, the report added. The three-year-old Royal Bengal Tiger was found dead under the Raigoda range on the Hindol-Narsinghpur border of the Satkosia Reserve.
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