BHOPAL: T-13 - the well-known resident breeding tigress was last camera trapped with its cubs around Raikassa area in Madhya Pradesh's Pench tiger reserve on February 28, 2012.

Forest officials conducted another camera trap session in the same region from December 2012 to February 2013 but neither tigress nor its cubs were found. To the shocker of MP forest department and environmentalist, the hide of T13 was confiscated far away in Nepal along with a consignment of other wildlife articles that were being smuggled to Tibet.

And now, almost three years after being informed about the seizure Madhya Pradesh STF (wildlife) have arrested Chika - who belongs to a traditional hunting tribe settled in Bihalari village of state's Katni district.

He has been brought on transit remand from Nagpur jail. Official said Chika was arrested along with his gang member Mamru on June 6, 2013 by Nagpur's local crime branch (LCB) and forest officials near Mansar, while they were dealing for a tiger skin with officials posing as customers.



Source: 10 JAN 2017 TIMES OF INDIA