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New on above photo from maharashtra
Wildlife enthusiasts have been in a state of shock ever since they saw the numbing photo, now in circulation on social media, of a tiger chopped into several pieces.
It was apparently poached from the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, off Chandrapur in Maharashtra. The pieces of the carcass, sans the head and paws, were found by a forest guard. A surgical glove was found inside one of these pieces.
The Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), which is assisting the Maharashtra Forest department in investigating the ghastly incident reported last week, says burn marks on the hind limb indicate that the animal was electrocuted at some other spot, chopped into pieces and then dumped from a vehicle, on the road off Chandrapur. The Maharashtra government has announced a cash reward for anyone providing information.
Wildlife experts say they have never come across such gruesome slaughter of the endangered national animal, paradoxically coming as it does a year after the leap in tiger population in sanctuaries to 1,706 from 1,411 in 2008. The WPSI estimates that 14 were lost this year due to poaching and seizure, as against 13 last year. In Maharashtra alone, there have been seven deaths so far, despite a high alert sounded after a similar instance of poaching last month.
The enthusiasts say poaching and killings are going on despite the report of the Tiger Task Force of 2005, constituted after disappearance of tigers from the Sariska Reserve in Rajasthan, provision of a special Rs. 50-crore grant by the Centre to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, and the popular “Save our tiger” campaign run by a TV channel and a cellular operator in association with WWF-India.
“We have so many agencies for tiger protection, and huge budgets at the Central and State levels, but we remain helpless. It again brings to light the fact that the Forest departments and their staff are unequal to the task,” says Asheesh Pittie, wildlife enthusiast.
Andhra Pradesh State Biodiversity Board member Rajeev Mathew, a regular visitor to the Tadoba reserve, says the brazen act of poachers has exposed the chinks in the tiger conservation armour.
Recalling that the local media prominently reported that Bahelia community poachers were on the prowl in the area, setting up metal traps, “having got orders for harvesting 25 Royal Bengal Tigers and a hefty amount of more than Rs. 40 lakh as advance,” Mr. Mathew said the Maharashtra government should have acted on such inputs.
The WPSI says the Forest Department should closely collaborate with skilled police officers and experienced individuals for intelligence-led enforcement. Patrolling, field monitoring, detection, gathering of intelligence, investigation, and prosecution are areas which desperately need improvement.