An adult Royal Bengal Tiger was found dead inside the Kaziranga National Park on July 13, making it the fourth such carcass to be found in the area within a span of five months, reported The Sentinel.
The carcass, which is estimated to be around 10 days old was found in the Laudubi region of the Kaziranga range, as per forest officials. However, "Due to the active decay of the carcass, no concrete conclusion of cause of death can be opined. Samples of intestine and skin have been collected for DNA and toxicological study," an official was quoted as saying. The suspected cause of death could be natural, probably infighting, the official added.
Earlier on June 18, the discovery of the carcass of a 10-year-old male Royal Bengal tiger with a bullet wound had drawn the attention of environmentalists. The forest guard suspected to have engaged in the “unwarranted firing” was suspended after an investigation led by the Assistant Conservator of Forests had determined the shooting to be unjustified. As per reports, the guard was solely supposed to safeguard houses in the neighbouring Kaziranga National Park regions.
The carcass was recovered by forest personnel near Japoripathar in the Karuabari area, according to a brief statement released by the Forest Department.
In the same month, a four-year-old male tiger was found dead in the national park’s Sidha Kathoni region. The carcass had multiple injuries, leading the forest officials to believe that it was killed in a fight with other wild animals. The incident had taken place near Bihdia anti-poaching camp and had been spotted by patrolling teams of the Bihdia and Naramora anti-poaching camps in the Kaziranga range.
In February, a female tiger cub’s carcass was discovered in the national park with puncture marks on her neck and fractured ribs. The cub, estimated to be around 4 months old was killed by an adult tiger, according to forest police.
According to a 2017 census, Kaziranga has a population of 111 tigers.