A male tiger has been found dead in the Jharan range, North Chandrapur, India. As can be seen from the shocking photo, the 6 year old tiger was hacked by the poachers who took away all four limbs and the tiger’s canines.
After a post-mortem was carried out and evidence collected from the scene, it was concluded that the tiger was killed by electrocution. There was a metal wire left behind and a black injury mark could be seen on the tiger’s neck. The carcass was later burnt where it was found by local authorities.
This incident triggered an extensive search in the region to collect any poaching traps and recover evidence. The search found that the area was covered in a 300 metre long metal wire that would be used to electrocute tigers. Ropes were tied to the bottom of trees to prop up the metal wire so that a tiger would walk into the live wire. This shows that poaching in the area is rife.
The records of the electric supply line were looked into and at 3am on January 19th, the electric supply had tripped due to a surge of energy use. This is the most likely time when the tiger was electrocuted.
Local authorities stated ‘The way the tiger claws were hacked, suggests that it was the work of non-professional poachers. They went on to axe the right jaw of the tiger to remove the right upper and lower canine tooth. But, they left four nails behind, failed to remove left upper and lower canine and even did not bother to go after the skin’. They therefore believe that the local poachers were after herbivores, but killed a tiger by accident.
The TigerTime team are sickened by the lack of thought these poachers had for such a beautiful endangered animal. News of a tiger death comes as a dark moment in the campaign but spurs us on to make sure this does not happen again.
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Written by: Chantelle M Henderson
Source: The Times of India