In a matter of concern, a tiger was found dead in the buffer zone of the Bandhavgarh reserve in Madhya Pradesh that led to loss of three tiger within a week as reported on Saturday. Previously also a tiger was found dead in Kanha Tiger Reserve of the state and a dead sub-adult tiger (aged between 18 and 24 months) was found floating in a canal of an inter-state water project in Balaghat's Waraseoni tehsil.
The decomposed carcass of the tiger was found near a drain in the buffer area on Friday. The carcass was highly decomposed, the tiger's tongue and an internal organ were sent for testing to ascertain the cause of the death. The remnants has been disposed of as per the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
Madhya Pradesh is home to a number of tiger reserves, including Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Satpura and Panna and the state had recuperated the top slot in the 2018 census with a population of 526 tigers.