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Three-yrs-old Royal Bengal Tiger found dead in Odisha forest

The male tiger was brought from Madhya Pradesh's Kanha Tiger Reserve on June 21 and released in the wild on July 7.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 15 Nov 2018 10:49 AM GMT

Three-yrs-old Royal Bengal Tiger found dead in Odisha forest
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Bhubaneswar: A three-years-old male Royal Bengal Tiger has been found dead in the inner area of Odisha's Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary, here on Thursday.

The reason behind the death of the young tiger will be confirmed after a postmortem is conducted, a senior forest official said.

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"Yes, the animal is dead. The principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF), Wildlife, has rushed to the spot and postmortem will be carried out soon. The members of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) will be present during the exercise," Forest and Environment Additional Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra told media.

The male tiger was brought from Madhya Pradesh's Kanha Tiger Reserve on June 21 and released in the wild on July 7. A radio collar was fitted on its neck to keep track of the animal's movement.

Signals from the radio collar had indicated on Wednesday that the animal remained immobile, forest officials said.

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The Royal Bengal Tiger (RBT) had wounds on its neck, a sign that the tiger might have fought with other animals inside the forest, they said.

The Odisha government had procured a pair of RBTs, a male and a female, from Madhya Pradesh to increase the population of big cats in the state.

The female tigress 'Sundari', however, had allegedly killed two persons in the state within 45 days, encouraging the state government to shift her to a special enclosure at Rayagada area in Satkosia in Angul district.

It was India's first interstate wild-to-wild translocation of big cats.

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Saima Siddiqui

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