Sunday, January 1, 2017


Sunday, 01 January 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The carcass of a Royal Bengal Tiger (RBT) found in the Jhalialiti beat under the Chandali Reserve Forest under the Lathore range on December 28, has brought the plight of wild animals like RBTs  to the fore in the western parts of Odisha, much to the dismay and disbelief of wild animal lovers here and in the State.
The body of the RBT was found at a place just near the Nuapada district border and 105 km from the district headquarters here.
 “We got information about the carcass of RBT around 4.30 pm on December 28. Immediately I directed the field staff to rush to the spot and check the report and after that the dead body was brought to Lathore Forest Range of Bolangir Forest Division,” said Balangir DFO and Wild Life Warden Rashmi Ranjan Nayak.
The length of the tiger was 9 feet 3 inch (from nose tip to beginning of tail and the tail was 3 feet 1 inch and its pug size was 13.5 cm and 14 cm. Its age was 12 years, he added.
A team of seven veterinary doctors comprising Dr Subash Samanta, Dr K Marandi, Dr SK Naik, Dr Sujit Kumar Satpathy, Dr Ashok Kumar Dash, ADVO GK Sahu and CDVO SK Dash conducted post mortem in the presence of Honorary Wildlife Warden of Balangir Dr Dolagobind Bishi and Sudhir Kumar Mishra and local representative of National Tiger conservation Authority (NTCA) as per the guidelines of NTCA.
After the postmortem was conducted, the tiger’s body was consigned to flames as per the standard operating procedures of NTCA. The death of the RBT raised suspicions and many theories here.
However, according to sources, preliminary postmortem investigation indicates that the death of tiger is due to “suspected congestive heart failure”. We have collected samples of various body parts of the RBT and it would be sent to further examination to Bhubaneswar, said Dr GK Sahu. The exact cause of death would be known only after its final report, he adds further.
“There were some reports about the movement of RBT in the district. In the last Tiger Census we had submitted the pug mark of RBT to the State authorities. However, the State authorities rejected that sample of pug mark,” said DFO Nayak.
The appearance of RBT just on the border of Nuapada district indicates that most likely it have come from Sunabeda Sanctuary of Nuapada district.
Interestingly, the tiger’s body was intact with no sign of either abrasion or cut mark on the body and in other parts and any sign of poisoning. It was well grown tiger. As the tiger was old and weak it is likely to have suffered a congestive heart failure and died there.
According to sources, a tiger may travel more than 100 km in day and operates in a territory of 250sq area kilometer. If it gets food and shelter, normally he does not come out. This tiger which was 12 years might not be able to kill animals for preying and strayed to human habitation in search of easy food and suffered an attack.
With this death of the tiger, the total number of RBTs in the State has gone down to 39 from 40.  The State Government should strengthen the mechanism to monitor the movement of tigers in the State, failing which such type of tiger deaths cannot be ruled out in future, said the animal lovers.

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