Bandipur tiger death: Forest officials suspect involvement of locals

Bandipur tiger death: Forest officials suspect involvement of locals

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-08-15 19:25 Bengaluru: Forest officials in Bandipur tiger reserve and wildlife activists feel that the tiger shot dead in Maddur range might not be the handiwork of seasoned tiger hunters.For example, the tiger’s skin and body parts were intact and the carcass was not even hidden, as poachers usually do. “Why was the tiger left behind if it was the handiwork of a poacher?" a forest source questioned.“This is handiwork of locals, who kill ungulates for meat,” said a forest department source on condition of anonymity. When questioned whether there was any involvement of dreaded poachers such as the Katni gang, officials denied of the gang being involved, saying their modus operandi was entirely different.Hardly a stone throw away from site, where the tiger was killed, is a tiny hamlet, Bheemana Beedu. The department suspects that the culprits could be from the village since many of the villagers have arms here, and are frequently caught hunting in Omkara range. “They normally hunt chitals and sambars. There are a few people here against whom FIR has been lodged for poaching of smaller mammals three years ago," said a source.Interestingly, an anti-poaching camp exists within 2-km from the scene of crime but the staff were not aware of the incident. “Moreover, near this particular water body, there is scrub forest which camouflages any kind of movement. It makes the patrolling difficult and helps those who sneak into the forests,” official sources said.The department is now investigating the matter.