BHOPAL: Poachers killed yet another tigress- fourth in the last two years- with an electric trap at the buffer zone of Bandhavgarh National Park (BNP) in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh late on Sunday night. Carcass of adult tigress - BT2- was found near Khitoli range by patrolling squad at 8.30 am, said sources. Its GPS radio collar, nail, teeth and whiskers were reported missing. Forest officials tried to track poachers using the GPS collar they removed from the tigress but were not successful. Dog squads were also sent to the spot. "GPS collar on the tigress had stopped transmitting data. It seems that suspects had damaged it after removing it from the big cat," state's chief wildlife warden Narendra Kumar told TOI. "We think it's a case of revenge killing. The tigress had started settling down around the area and there were reports that it was preying on cattle in villages in the region," said the officer. Forest department has reported that it last received data from the BT2's GPS collar till 9 am on Monday. The collar allows park rangers to download precise location data via satellite.

This tigress was electrocuted by a trap laid through an 11 KV line by poachers near Barruah nullah, said sources. Its carcass has been preserved in a deep freezer and post-mortem would be conducted as per National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) protocol. Earlier, three tigers were killed by poachers in the same area forcing the state government to remove P K Shukla from the post of state's chief wildlife warden. Last tiger was poached in Jugia village near Vijayraghogarh forest range (compartment No 448- Amadi beat) in December 2012. Tiger got killed on the intervening night of December 25 and 26 after it stepped on a live 50 metre GI-wire from the 11KV service line pegged to a wooden pole. The spot is at 60 km away from the Bandhavgarh National Park. The tiger, around 9 feet long, suffered a major shock and died on the spot after it came in contact with live wire. Another tiger had fallen into a similar electric trap and got killed on December 7, 2012.

It's skinned carcass was found in the forest area of Umaria, approximately 25 kilometres away from Bandhavgarh National Park on December 11. More tigers were electrocuted in the Khitauli range of the Katni District and Kathotia forest area close to the state capital.

Source: Times of India (Dated 27 May 2014)