Published On: Wed, Jan 8th, 2020

Four tigers found dead in Goa sanctuary, two farmers held

Panaji: With three more tiger carcasses found in the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in North Goa, the total number of tiger death in the sanctuary has gone up to four. It is believed that all the tigers died of poisoning.

It is very important to stop such mishaps as it is our duty to conserve & protect wildlife

A senior forest official said that the toll of dead tigers found in the area has gone up to four with the recovery of three more carcasses including that of an aduklt female and two cubs.

According to reports two villagers were arrested in connection with the death of the tigers for their allged role in poisoning of the felione.

The discovery of three carcasses – of a female and two cubs “in various stages of decomposition” – came days following the finding of a dead four-year-old adult male on Sunday near Golvali village in North Goa’s Sattari sub district located in the lower reaches of the Western Ghats.

“In all, we have discovered four carcasses. Two arrests have been made. Both the arrested persons are farmers,” a senior Forest Department official said.

According to Goa’s Chief Wildlife Warden Santosh Kumar, a few weeks back, a motion sensor camera installed by Forest Department officials had snapped a tigress with three large cubs in the vicinity where the carcasses were found.

“Around two to three weeks back, our camera trap had captured a tigress with three cubs. It is believed that this family may have consumed some poisoned meat. We have intensified operations to check if the others are fine,” Kumar added.

The post-mortem on the tiger found dead on Sunday had indicated that it was poisoned to death. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had expressed shock at the tiger’s death.

“With reference to the two cubs that have been found dead at Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Sattari, I would request Union Minister for Forest Shri @PrakashJavdekar to intervene and send a central team to conduct a detailed investigation into the matter,” State Health Minister and local MLA Vishwajit Rane said in a series of tweets.

“Having a passion for wildlife, especially tigers, this incident in my constituency at Valpoi has taken me by shock. A thorough investigation into the matter is vital.

“It is very important to stop such mishaps as it is our duty to conserve & protect wildlife.”

The opposition has lashed out at Chief Minister Sawant.

“Most shocking to hear about murder of Tiger Family by poisoning in Sattari. I condemn the heinous act & demand@goacm to ensure that the killers are caught & given harshest punishment. Let us Live & Let the Tigers Live..,” Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat said in a tweet.

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