Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Armed Police Gun Down Tigress

Kaziranga National ParkAn adult tigress was shot dead by Assam Police at Kaziranga National Park after it entered into the residential settlement and reportedly attacked people near the Kohara forest range of the national park.
Assam chief wildlife warden Suresh Chand reveals a two-member inquiry committee had been formed under the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Members, Jyoti Das and Firoz Ahmed, belong to the NTCA.
Talking to the media, Chand further discloses that the NTCA had formed the committee to conduct inquiry into the killing. The authority, he adds, received the information of the killing soon after the incident took place.
Meanwhile, Kaziranga National Park director Surajit Dutta informs the media that the tigress was shot dead at Bosagaon near Kohora forest range early morning. Dutta adds that the armed personnel shot the tigress after it tried to attack the people in the area.
The tigress, official claim, had wrecked havoc in the settlement areas in the vicinity. Prior to the killing of the tigress, it had already wounded two persons, including a local media personnel. Police used force after it attacked another person, according to an official.
The wounded media personnel, Ranjit Rajak, said that the tigress attacked him on the back when he was trying to capture images of the incident.
It’s learnt that back in April this year, officials had discovered a tiger carcass at Kathanibari forest camp of the park’s Kohara forest range. Officials have not yet known the reason of the death. In a similar incident, another adult tigress was found dead on a sand island of Brahmputra incident earlier this year. Official suspect poisoning is the reason behind the killing.
Kaziranga has so far lost five tigers, mostly due to territorial fights. Kaziranga national park is considered to feature fourth highest tiger density in the nation. According to the latest NTCA report, the park has some15.92 tigers per 100 square km. As per estimates, there are nearly 106 tigers in an area of 830 sq km of the Kaziranga tiger reserve.
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