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Tiger needs attention : Stop conflict between man and tiger - Naresh Kadyan


Stop conflict between man and tiger in India - Abhishek Kadyan:

The UN affiliated OIPA representative in India Naresh Kadyan constituted a committee to look after the region and submit report along with suggestions that how we can stop the man animal conflict?

Letter to
OIPA in India
Ministry of Environment and Forest The Secretary
The Prime Minister of India, New Delhi. Hon'ble Sardar Manmohan Singh
and 11 others
HE The President of India, New Delhi Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
HE The Vice President of India, New Delhi. HE Shri Hamid Ansari
The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau
Pilibhit The DFO
The DFO, Pilibhit
The Secretary to the Department of Forest, UP
The PCCF of UP
National Tiger Conservation Authority The Director
Minister for Environment and Forest, New Delhi. Hon'ble Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan
The Chief Minister of UP
Ministry of Environment and Forest The Director General of Forest
Forest officers in Pilibhit have said the death of two tigers in the district were "instances of crime" in accordance with the latest guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Following the incidents, the forest department registered a case into the deaths; the forest ranger, deputy ranger and a forest guard was also suspended for laxity.

On May 24, the carcass of an adult tiger, nearly 12 years old, was found lying in a water body in Haripur range of Pilibhit.

A similar incident was also reported from Haripur on the following day, with both carcasses found barely 250 metres away from each other. On May 26, the forest officials also found a half-eaten carcass of a buffalo calf at the same place where the first tiger carcass was found. The buffalo flesh has now been sent for toxicological tests.

District Forest Official, Pilibhit, VK Singh, said: "The officials failed to comb the area properly and find the carcass of the buffalo. As a result they were suspended.'' In addition to the forest officials, the department also rounded up six people, including the owner of the calf that was eaten by the tiger. "We detained the man for questioning to find out if it was a case of killing," Singh said. However, both carcasses were found intact, with no organ missing. No injury marks were reported on the carcasses either. "We are waiting for scientific evidence to clarify the cause of death," Singh added.

Viscera of the carcasses have been sent to Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Bareilly. Officials said a report on the findings was expected by noon on Wednesday.

Giving details of the conditions the carcasses were found in, forest officials said that the first carcass was rotten and had fish nibbling at the flesh, while the second carcass did not emanate any foul odour. "In the first incident, the tiger would have died over 18 to 24 hours earlier. The second death would have occurred closer to the time of its discovery," an official said. Apart from the viscera, the forest department also sent samples of water in which the first carcass was found, for testing. The excreta of the dead tiger will also be tested.

Officers of the forest department said they were investigating the cause of the deaths -- "retaliatory killings" as a result of the man-animal conflict, poaching or other reasons. Incidentally, the Pilibhit forest is a compact forest with no villages located within it. The range where the tiger carcasses were found had River Sharda flowing through it, about 500 metres ahead. The first human habitation was about 8 kms away from the spot.

Meanwhile, the forest department also got the postmortem report for Sunday' tiger death in Dudhwa. Attributed to internal injury and blood loss, the report also showed a the tiger died because of a broken spine. When contacted, PCCF (Wildlife), Rupak De said no malafide intent was found in the death of the tiger.

The UN affiliated OIPA representative in India Naresh Kadyan constituted a committee to look after the region and submit report along with suggestions that how we can stop the man animal conflict?