Nagpur: Seven days after a tigress and her two cubs died from poisoning inside Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the poaching of another tiger has been discovered.
Two poachers, one from Bhandan village and one from Singardeep village in Pench's buffer zone, were arrested in possession of four tiger paws by the mobile squad of the Chhindwara Forest Department on Monday. More arrests are likely in this case.
According to forest sources, the tiger was poached in Bichua block under Gumtara range. However, officials were not available for comments to confirm this. The same sources said the poachers had confessed to killing the tiger in December but the paws seem to be of a tiger killed very recently.
In the recent past, tigers have been an easy target in Pench and its buffer. "This not only indicates poor protection but also that gangs of organized poachers are still active in trading tiger skins and body parts," wildlife conservationists said. In the meanwhile, two surviving tiger cubs of the poached tigress from Pench have been captured and relocated to Kanha National Park.
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