Jorhat, Dec. 9: Two days after the recovery of a carcass of a Royal Bengal tiger, forest personnel recovered the carcass of another one from Kaziranga National Park last evening.
Park director N.K. Vasu said they have conducted post-mortem on the carcasses. “Injury marks on the carcasses indicate that both the tigers died of infighting,” the director said.
While the carcass of the full-grown male tiger was recovered near the Bornoloni forest camp under Agaratoli range of the park on Friday afternoon, the carcass of a two-year-old female was recovered from Baruntika under the central range of the park late last evening. Both the tigers died nearly four to five days ago and the carcasses were in a semi-decomposed state.
Altogether five tigers have died — four inside and one outside — this year at the national park, which has a high density of Royal Bengal tigers.
While infighting was claimed to be the reason behind the deaths of the four tigers, which died inside the park, the tiger found near the Sildubi area in Karbi Anglong showed that it died of poisoning.
“Tigers generally fight with one another for area domination and this is quite a common phenomenon,” he said.
The park director said Kaziranga’s grassland provides an ideal habitat for tigers.
“One of the key reasons behind the high tiger density in Kaziranga is an abundance of prey animals — several species of deer and wild buffaloes,” he said.
Expressing concern at the recent deaths of animals in the state, WWF-India has called for an investigation into the incidents as it can be assumed that some of these cases could be because of poisoning, electrocution, or the general human-animal conflict.
However, the investigations have to be conclusive and should lead to conviction of the accused.
“The death of two tigers is sad. The poaching of rhinos in the state in recent months is alarming and WWF has called on the agencies concerned to increase protection for this endangered species,” Anupam Sarmah, the head of Assam Landscapes, WWF India, said.