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Tiger brought from MP found dead in Satkosia forest

Angul: The three-year-old royal Bengal tiger, which was brought from Madhya Pradesh was found dead in Satkosia forest in Angul district of Odisha.

It was known from collar Doppler around the neck of the animal named Mahaveer even though the forest officials have not confirmed the reason of the death. It is unclear if the death is natural.

“On 14/11/18 at 1 pm, tiger monitoring team reported about the mortality of the male tiger which was brought from Kanha TR, Madhya Pradesh. The incident occurred 500 mts from Raigoda to Nuagada forest road inside the Nuagarh RF of Athagarh forest division which has proposed to be in the Satkosia tiger reserve,” a statement issued by the Satkosia forest authority said.

Forest department suspected that the tiger, which had wounds on its neck, may succumb to the injuries due to infection.

“On prima facie investigation of the carcass, a deep lacerated and 5 days old Magotted infected wound was observed in the dorsal neck region of the tiger which may be cause of the mortality,” the statement further read.

The exact reason of the mortality and time of incidence will be ascertained after conducting post-mortem, statement added.

Senior forest officials, including chief wildlife warden and wildlife experts had rushed to the core area of the reserve to investigate the matter.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority has asked a top conservationist to inquire into the death.

Mahaveer was part of the first tiger translocation exercise in the country earlier this year. It was brought from Kanha national park in MP and relocated into the core area of Satkosia in June this year.

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