In April this year, two sub-adult tigers died in mysterious circumstances in Ranthambore National Park. For this, the State Government Forest Department has constituted a four-member committee to investigate the death of two sub-adult tigers.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Rajiv Goyal will lead the inquiry committee and present his report within 15 days.
According to a senior forest official, “Earlier it was suspected that two sub-adult tigers were killed in a regional battle with another tiger. After this incident a report was sought from the DFO (Divisional Forest Officer). Now, a committee with senior forest officials has been constituted to investigate death.”
Both dead tigers were about one and a half years old. Both of these dead tigers were T-74’s cubs and it was found dead in Aanwad-ki-Khad of Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary in Ranthambore in April 2018. According to the department sources, the forest department sent separate viscera samples to the forensic laboratories to ascertain the cause of death.
According to the report submitted by the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, the traces of rodenticide (poison used to kill the rodents) was found in viscera. However, no such marks were found in the report from other forensic laboratories. The committee formed for investigation will now look at all these aspects.
As there is no disclosure of the reasons for the death of two tiger cubs in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR), Forest officials are still suspected of the death of tigers from poison. Initially it was claimed that sub-adults had eaten a bull before they died, because bovine skin fragments were found in their stomach. Rangers of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) had confirmed that the sub-adults had eaten a bull a day before their death. Apart from this, it was captured in the camera’s trap that the sub-adults had eaten the bull, which was dead near the Anwad-ki-Khard.